Will I Find It Hard to Sleep When I Volunteer Teach in Fiji?

"https://www.travelteacher.co.uk/my-travel-teacher-blog/2017/10/4/travel-teacher-the-day-in-the-life-of-a-volunteer-in-fiji" Travel Teacher’s article 'The Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Fiji' talked about how volunteers face a lot of challenges, not least of which is getting up at the crack of dawn to be ready for the day ahead. The number of tasks, along with the long hours, can quickly take a toll on your body. Therefore, getting enough sleep at night becomes a very important part of life.

The main concern in this case is will you be able to sleep well while in Fiji? Because let’s face it, everyone loves their own bed and going into the unknown can cause worry.

So with that in mind, this article provides information to help you rest properly while you're serving as a volunteer teacher in Fiji.

Accommodation

"https://www.travelteacher.co.uk/my-travel-teacher-blog/2017/9/12/travel-teacher-volunteering-abroad-a-step-out-of-your-comfort-zone" Another article here on Travel Teacher explained that all volunteers stay in a local village community by way of homestay accommodations. These houses are clean and comfortable, but they may not be filled with the comforts you’re used to such as air conditioning and widescreen televisions. Also, there is the possibility of the odd insect, so don’t forget insect repellent that was "https://static1.squarespace.com/static/562e4e77e4b0fe5cd75358b5/t/58dab07586e6c0faa8e9eff9/1490727035473/Packing+Guide%281%29+copy.compressed+copy.pdf"listed our the Travel Teacher Packing Guide to keep you protected from potential bug bites while sleeping.

Climate

When it comes to the temperature in your bedroom, "http://blog.leesa.com/how-to-fall-asleep-fast-our-25-best-tips/ Leesa advises that the best temperature for falling asleep is between 18-21 Celsius (66-70 degrees Fahrenheit). This can be difficult to achieve considering that <a "https://www.go-fiji.com/climate.html"Fiji’s climate is tropical and some rooms don’t have air conditioning, with average temperatures ranging from 25-30 Celsius (77-86 Fahrenheit).

With that in mind, it’s recommended to pack lightweight, and breathable pyjamas/bed wear so you will have an easier time falling asleep. It’s the same case with daytime wear, but you should refrain from bringing shoulder-baring tops and bottoms that have hems above the knee (e.g. shorts, mini-skirts). "https://www.travelteacher.co.uk/island-life"You need to dress appropriately similar to in our Maldives article with the same applying here. Fiji is a conservative country, due to the most prominent religions in the islands being Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.

Additional sleep tips

● Fiji belongs to the GMT/UTC + 12h time zone, putting it 13 hours ahead of London. To help you overcome jet-lag, be sure to stay hydrated even while you're still on the air plane going to Fiji. If possible, you can also prepare your body a few days before departure by slowly adjusting through sleeping and waking up earlier than usual.

● "http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/55070/coffee-popular-beverage-among-fijians" FBC reported that coffee is now a popular beverage in Fiji. It may be enticing to drink caffeine-based drinks when you arrive, but they can worsen the effects of jet-lag. Try to stay away from drinking coffee, at least for the first week or so during your stay, so you can allow your body to naturally adjust to the time zone.

● Similarly, it can be tempting to try all kinds of local food, but excessive eating may also affect the quality of your sleep, not to mention that it can cause digestive issues. The Fijian diet is particularly heavy on carbohydrates, "https://www.off-the-path.com/en/how-to-overcome-jetlag/which Off the Path states can make you feel more tired than you already are. Stick to practising moderation to avoid the ill effects of overeating.