It’s that time of year again! Our twice-a-year furniture market extravaganza in fabulous Las Vegas. Let’s all go talk about sleep and not get any at all.
Want to make it a little easier this year? Here’s your plan for prepping your sleep for Vegas market.
Vegas Sleep Survival Guide
If you’re already short on sleep, my advice is simple: sleep more now.
Go to bed earlier.
You don’t want to pile sleep deprivation on sleep deprivation: one study showed those running on less than 6 hours of sleep showed the same levels of cognitive dysfunction as the group that didn’t sleep at all. (What’s even worse: the folks in the six-hour group didn’t rate their sleepiness as being all that bad). How about that. So to you folks: get some sleep before Vegas. Your brain will thank you.
If your body is well rested, check out my recommended schedule below.
Vegas is three time zones away.
Give yourself three days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
For example: you’re flying in on Thursday, so you would start adjusting Monday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., you would try to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Each day, keep pushing your bedtime and wakeup times back by a half-hour to hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Central time zone
Vegas is two time zones away.
Give yourself two days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
For example: you’re flying in on Thursday, so you would start adjusting Tuesday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., you would try to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
The next night, push your bedtime and wakeup times back another hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Vegas is one time zone away.
Lucky you! You only have to adjust one hour.
The night before you leave, try to go to bed and wake up an hour later than usual.
BE SURE TO PACK:
Ear plugs (Because...Fremont Street). The hotel typically provides ear plugs but if you want to bring your own feel free. Either way, just have them available.
Anything that is part of your home bedtime routine: reading a book, a magazine, essential oil, your usual pajamas or lack thereof. Whatever you can do to keep a consistent thread between home and travel will benefit your sleep.
You probably won’t be getting MORE sleep than usual in Vegas so it’s so important to protect the sleep you do get with a few tools for light-blocking and noise blocking.
Nerd out with me briefly here as we talk about dolphins. Yes, dolphins.
So dolphins have this cool ability to put half of their brain to sleep while the other half stays awake. This is thought to be so they can stay alert and ward off predators and not drown in the ocean, that sort of thing. It’s called unihemispheric sleep. There’s your six-point word for the day.
Anyway, humans can’t do this (giant bummer, I know). BUT. Brain scans have shown that we exhibit a sort of baby version of this unihemispheric sleep: in that there’s a little more activity and alertness in half of our brain when we’re sleeping in a new place. Tracking?
So when you sleep in the hotel on the first night, you’re kiiind of like a dolphin in that half your brain is sleeping a little lighter to watch out for a rogue zipliner who might come crashing through your window (which isn’t actually going to happen, but your ancestors had to go through a lot, OK?). So, to counteract all of these survivalist instincts of ours, an eye mask and ear plugs will help that lively half of your brain shut down a little more, and help you sleep better on the first night in Vegas.
ON THE FLIGHT
Permission to nap. A jacket with a hood, a neck pillow, or noise-cancelling headphones will all help in this endeavor.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Start acting like you’re on Vegas time. Your sleep pregaming will pay off here.
Pay attention to your light. If it’s daytime, seek light. If it’s nighttime, seek darkness as much as possible. This will help your circadian rhythm do a hard restart.
Sweet Dreams and see you all in Vegas!
P.s. More sleep tips coming soon for coping with Vegas....
A little preview:
Q: What should I do if I was raging at 2 a.m. and the Starbucks line is too long in the Golden Nugget?
A: Fear not, you sleep-deprived soul. There’s a Starbucks a 7-minute walk away from the Golden Nugget (on S Casino Center Blvd). Mobile order that trash and get some sunshine and exercise in your day.
Q: It’s 3 p.m. on Monday and I AM SO TIRED.
A: Well, what do you know. That’s your circadian rhythm in action! There’s a natural lull in our energy around mid-afternoon. Throw in some late night parties and drinks and you have yourself some full-blown exhaustion. Skip the coffee and take a power nap instead. Might I suggest a fine Reverie mattress and base in our showroom for your testing purposes.
Q: I don’t remember too much from last night’s dinner. I met 14 people and forgot all of their names.
A: Yeah...that’ll happen. I’m guessing there was some alcohol sloshing around in your liver last night too. While drinking helps us fall asleep faster, it creates a kind of “fake” sleep, and you miss out on all the neat and tidy sorting of the day's factoids (like remembering names) during this drunky sleep cycle. Might I suggest:
Frantically searching through LinkedIn
Trying a firm handshake, arm slap, and “Heyyyy buddy” upon meeting again
Try a few and see what elicits the most positive response. I recommend starting with some popular picks such as Bob, Greg, or Sara.
Want more sleep tips or to talk 1:1 about YOUR sleep? Come visit me (Sleep Coach Rachel) at our Reverie showroom.
Las Vegas World Market
July 29 - Aug 2 | Showroom B-925