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Hotel Insomnia No More

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When you're away from home, it can be hard to get a good night's sleep.

You pack a pillow from home, stick plugs in your ears, and light a scented candle.What else helps you sleep soundly in your hotel room?

"You must have fresh air!" says Jim Laybourn of Jackson, Wyo. "Stay in a place with windows that open."

"Request a quiet room," says Nancy Gibson of Missoula, Mont., "away from the freeway,elevators, ice machine."

"Lavender oil on a cloth next to your pillow can have a calming effect," says Leanne Hackney of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"Turn off the phone ringer," writes Ping Chang of Albany, Calif. "I once received a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call requested by the previous guest. Errr!"

"Stuff a towel at the bottom of the door," suggests Andrea Timothy of Draper, Utah. "It blocks noise and light."

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in January 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.