A room of bunks with a limited amount of space between them isn't always the best situation for those who are looking to get a good night's sleep, and while some hostels will have smaller numbers or privacy pods, it can still be a challenge to get enough sleep. There are steps that you can take to try and get the best night's sleep possible, and it isn't just about covering your head with the pillow! If you value your eight hours but still want budget travel, here are a few tips to try and get the best night's sleep possible as a solo traveler in a hostel.
Choosing the Right Bunk
The earlier you get to the hostel, the better selection of bunks will be available, and when you're looking at the layout of the room, think about if there is a section that is around a corner that will have fewer people or areas that will be quieter. Otherwise, think about whether a top bunk will mean the person below will not disturb you getting in and out of bed, or whether you prefer to be on the lower bunk. It is also worth looking for the bunks that are furthest away from the door, as you will find less foot traffic passing your bunk.
Storing Your Bags or Luggage
Some people will keep their bags next to the bed or even on the bunk next to them, but in terms of security and peace of mind, securing your bag away in a locker is often the best bet. This will mean that you won't have worries about thieves trying to steal your bag when you hear movement in the room, and you also won't be uncomfortable or knocking the luggage over as you go to the bathroom in the night.
Get to Sleep Early
One of the biggest problems that cause people to lose sleep is the noise that comes from others that are sleeping in the dorm, so trying to avoid this noise is one of the best ways to get a good night's sleep. This means that going to bed early and being one of the first to bunk down will give you a better chance of falling asleep before those who cause the noise arrive, and in many cases, you will sleep through such noise.
Wearing Ear Plugs
Blocking out the outside world is another way that people will try to use to help them get to sleep, and ear plugs are one way of stopping noise from disturbing you. This is really a hit and miss method to try and ensure you get a good night's sleep, as many people will find that wearing these rubber or foam plugs are actually too uncomfortable to let them go to sleep, but if you are struggling then this is definitely one option worth considering.
Researching the Hostels Where You Will Be Staying
Different hostels will often have different reputations in the places where you will be staying, so if you are looking for a hostel where you will get a good night's sleep, look for those hostels that have a reputation for being quiet and peaceful. Alternatively, if you come across a hostel that has a reputation for hosting barbecues and parties, then unless they offer quiet rooms, it is usually worth using another hostel if there is one available.
Try to Give Yourself Some Additional Privacy
There are some hostels that will have rooms with beds enclosed in a 'privacy pod', which essentially means a little more soundproofing and more of a cocoon feel that will make it a little easier to sleep. If you are struggling, then trying to hang a towel over the opening of the bed will give you a little more privacy, and may help you to fall asleep.