When sleeping in a foreign environment, I wear a simple headband over my eyes and a pair of noise-canceling sleep buds.
The headband helps drown out any light leaks while the sleep-buds operate on an 8-hour timer. Whenever I stir in the middle of the night, I know I should continue sleeping – without looking at my watch.
Finding consistency in inconsistency helps me more rapidly adapt to a changing environment – but first, it had to be established as a priority.
Identifying our priorities is the first step to building a system of routines that works for us.