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  1. I learned to use earplugs my first summer in Europe. I was staying on a street in Amsterdam that had a tram line and I would have been miserable if I had not taken a friends advice and brought them.

    1. Linda Martin says:

      It’s amazing what a difference they can make, isn’t it? They cut down the noise to manageable levels. I find they don’t block out all sound, which is good because I sometimes need to be able to hear my alarm in the morning.

  2. I always carry earplugs – also just the basic foam type and found they come in handy, especially if I don’t exactly know where I am staying.
    Tried an eyemask at one point but found it too cumbersome and could never get comfortable. But I found that I can generally fall asleep even in light.
    And for sleeping pills I like the homeopathic type – you can’t get dependent on them plus I don’t like the idea of using chemicals. I used to have a really hard time shaking off jet lag in the past, and homeopathic stuff seemed to work well for me.

    1. Linda Martin says:

      Homeopathic stuff sounds like a good idea, where do you get it from?

      1. I get it from “Whole Foods” here in the States. But most health/organic food stores should have it as well.

  3. Amen to all of these, though instead of sleeping pills we take Benadryl (or a generic substitute). It’s usually easy to get, and you typically don’t have to worry about being too groggy when you wake up.

    1. Interesting. Benadryl is a cough medicine in NZ … is that the same for you? Does it make you drowsy?

      1. Yeah, it’s a cough/allergy medicine, but it definitely makes you drowsy because of the diphenhydramine. My aunt (who is a nurse in the US) told me that they use it as a sleep aid for pregnant women who can’t take traditional sleep meds as it doesn’t have the same side effects/addictive tendencies. Still probably shouldn’t be an every-night thing but less scary than some of the alternatives 🙂

  4. Very useful tips. But the sleeping pills what you mentioned, i am not convinced. Don’t you think they carry side effects? Even the ear plugs need to be strong enough, one that wont get holes with some biting by insects 🙂

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