Sleeping at Sea

Question - I'm usually a light sleeper.  How will I sleep on the boat?

Between the fresh air, relaxing atmosphere, and comfortable accommodations, our guests report no problems sleeping on Arkadaslik.  In fact, most say they are lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking motion of the waves.

guests sleeping all over the back deck

The Evidence

Guests have private cabins, but at some point on every cruise, we're pretty much guaranteed to catch ALL of them napping at the same time. Some like to sleep on the back deck.

guests sleeping on the back deck during an early morning cruise

While others prefer to stretch out on the mid-deck sunbeds.

The crew aren't immune to the sleep-inducing rocking motion either - and can occasionally be caught napping during their down-times!

crew sleeping in the gulet's salon during a long sail with a very early start

For obvious reasons, Captain Oktay doesn't nap when the boat is moving.  (Plus someone needs to stay away to take embarrassing photos of everyone else!) But he often heads to the cabin to catch forty winks before we start dinner preparations each evening.

owner sue sleeping on the back deck with camera beside her in case the captain spots dolphins

The Science

Falling asleep the first night in a new location is a common problem - but not related to the boat or sleeping at sea.  Theres actually research showing that people unlikely to sleep well their first night in a new location.

"When we're sleeping in a new environment and we don't know how many predators are around," he says, "it would make sense to keep half the brain more alert and more responsive to bumps in the night."

There aren't any predators onboard Arkadaslik, but it's possible that your brain won't believe this until you've settled into your new surroundings.

If your brain refuses to settle while you're on a cruise, take a look at how your bed / sleeping position is oriented on the boat. Are you positioned to be rocked like a baby in a cradle? Or are your head and feet being tilted and tipped up and down? If you're positioned one way, try the other to see if the alignment is at fault. Maybe like James Bond, you prefer shaken, not stirred ;-)

Do you have difficulty sleeping on a boat?  I'd love to hear your stories - and solutions! Feel free to send me an e-mail to connect. And, if you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it on social media!

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gulet cruising along Turkish coastline overlaid with the words sleeping at sea