Project Arkadaslik

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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.

The evidence

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

A group of guests sleeping on the back deck during a long open water crossing between Kaş and Butterfly Valley.

A group of guests sleeping on the back deck during the long open water crossing between Kaş and Butterfly Valley.

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 occassionally be caught napping during their down-times!

Wrapped up in a blanket, asleep on deck.

Me – Camera at hand, and bundled up during an early season cruise,  ready to spring into action  if Oktay spots a dolphin!

The cook and sailor napping in the salon after an early morning start.

The cook and sailor napping in the salon after an early morning 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.

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 😉

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Do you have difficulty sleeping on a boat?  We’d love to hear your stories – and solutions!

This article was published on Quora in response to the question “How can I train myself to sleep well on a boat?  If you enjoyed reading it, please consider sharing on social media using the buttons below. Thanks!

2 Comments

  1. I love falling to sleep at sea!! The perfect location for a 20 minute (?!?) nap 😉

    • Sue Fockner

      March 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Whether you need 20 minutes or 4 hours, the sunbeds on the mid-deck are my favourite spot to stretch out for a sleep under the sun 🙂

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