Staying at a hotel on the ocean gives you a unique opportunity. Provided that you get a guest room that faces the water, you'll be able to wake up to the sun and the ocean directly outside your window. Before you wake up in the morning, though, you'll want to sleep soundly — and you might be concerned about the ability to do so because of the sound of the water. This is especially the case if you're used to sleeping in a quiet environment. Don't miss out on the majesty of the ocean by keeping your window or patio door shut all night. Instead, here's how to get used to the sound of the water while you sleep.
Practice in Advance
In order to get prepared for the sound of the ocean's waves crashing against the shore outside your hotel, practice in advance. Find an ocean-themed soundtrack that you can play on your smartphone, laptop, or even the TV in your bedroom. Playing this soundtrack at bedtime for a number of days in advance of your trip to the oceanfront hotel. Ideally, you'll be able to get into the habit of falling asleep and sleeping soundly throughout the night with the sound of waves in the background.
Tire Yourself Out
When you visit the hotel, you may wish to pursue the idea of tiring yourself out during the day. When you're tired at bedtime, you're more apt to be able to sleep soundly — even if the ocean is noisy. Oceanfront hotels commonly have a wealth of activities that you can enjoy, from renting a paddleboard or kayak, swimming on the beach, playing beach volleyball, or enjoying other activities in the water or on the beach. Throughout this time, you'll also be getting used to the sound of the waves, and this familiarity will come in handy at bedtime.
Breathe in Time With the Water
When you sleep in an oceanfront hotel, you'll commonly hear the waves crash against the shore, followed by a few seconds of quiet, and then another crash. You can use this rhythm to your advantage by breathing in time with it. For example, take a deep breath each time the waves hit the shore. Hearing your own breath will quiet the sound of the waves to a degree, and deep breathing is an efficient way to relax once you get into bed and are trying to fall asleep.