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If you’re heading off to a hockey tournament, chances are one of the first things you confirm is the hotel. It becomes your home away from home. Being temporary next door neighbours to all your teammates and friends is an exciting thought but there’s a lot more that should go into hotel selection than just finding the first one available.
We spend close to a third of our day sleeping in bed. It is the body’s primary way of rest and recovery. Getting a good night’s sleep, or a brief rest in between games, is key for high-level performance. Finding a hotel with a comfortable bed helps make sure that getting rest is counting for something.
A hotel bed presents many new factors that could take a night to get used to. The mattress is different, the pillows aren’t the same, the temperature and layout are new, and all in all it can be tough to immediately adjust. A study about sleep while travelling showed that half of our brain may remain alert when you sleep in a new location, at least for the first night. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get into your bedroom routine on the road.
In order to take full advantage of getting a good night’s rest at a tournament, here are some tips to keep in mind when booking a hotel room.
A different schedule each day of a tournament will make it harder to get into a bedtime routine. However, you don’t need to change much from home. Like during a regular night, avoid screens or high intensity activities before bed. Give yourself time to relax and wind down. Tournaments are no different and you want to make the falling asleep as easy as possible. Stick to the curfew.
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