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Gilbert B Norman
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...on a train?

Let's also open this to include planes as well.

Essentially, I can't really sleep on "anything that moves". Oh I can; but it not a "very deep" sleep. This even includes a center car Bedroom. It's either too hot or too cold, a lurch, unfamiliar sleeping environment (a Four Star hotel can do same), age (older you are, harder it is).

I take long trips by auto as several here kmow first hand. But then I'm not on the road at night and tied up at major brand Three Star hotels.

Airplanes; a few winks here and there in Business Class; maybe a few more if I took a bye on the free booze, but then...I paid for it. "Back of the Bus" (yes, I have flown overseas in such)? Not a wink - just sit there staring forward counting down to landing.

Cruises (yes, I've been on a few thirty years ago)? Sometimes yes. Otherwise. you guessed it.

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Maybe because of age, but I have trouble sleeping both in an Amtrak sleeper and at home.

For me, generic Unisom (Doxylamine) does work but it leaves me drowsy throughout the following day.

Of late, I've been taking 10mg of Melatonin at bedtime. I still wake during the night but I can usually go back to sleep for some good REM before waking in the morning. However, what works for person A doesn't always work for person B.

Richard

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Mr. Norman,

Maybe you "have trouble" sleeping "on a train" because you've never "gotten used to it", since "for all practical purposes" you never "travel by train", and moreover have "hardly done so" for decades.

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I sleep better on a train than I do at home. And, as it turns out I can go from Boston to either Seattle or LA in time for lunch and then catch the afternoon train back to Boston. A solid week of good sleeping!
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Well Mr. Paulshore, a topic to make you "surface".

I admit, I've traveled more on DB and OBB during the past couple of years than Amtrak. Travel for train travel's sake is over. Auto-Train simply "pushed my obscenity button" with their rates this year. If I were to book now, I could get a Feb '20 rate acceptable to me, but this is simply "too far out".

I have a last minute trip to Dallas Jul 20. I did look and found there were Roomettes open in each direction for total of $810. I then looked at the Eagle's abominable timekeeping and annulment record, and I decided to spend time with my Niece (lives permanently in Australia; haven't seen her in three years), which is what the trip is for. Therefore, I'll "tuck it out" in the Friendly Skies for $715 (First).

Finally, I would think for your penchant of having things such as Maple rather than Breakfast syrup and the Amtrak varietal of "Fresh and Contemporary", you are not all that anxious for an Amtrak LD ride.

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I never sleep well on my first night out on an LD train. But, by the second night I’m used to the rock and roll and still hungover from the first night so I sleep well.

I agree with GBN, a railfan ride out and back doesn’t do much for me. So, with relatives scattered around the country, we’ll be making the best of a visit to relatives in ALB and Scottsdale this fall. Delta to ABQ for my wife’s brother. Then SWC to Las Vegas, NM to meet CA friends and try the newly restoredd Harvey House there, La Castenada . Then SWC roomette to Flagstaff for visits to Winslow (our favorite U.S hotel, La Posada) , Monument Valley, and Grand Canyon (incl. Grand Canyon Ry.) Finally family in Scottsdale then on to LAX (Southwest) to try the new brewery in the terminal for dinner followed by a nightcap in the Streamliner Lounge. This should help us sleep (bedroom) on the Sunset for our trip to New Orleans, one of our favorite cities.

And, at last, home on Southwest, our go to airline. It’s usually the cheapest, flexible, and reliable. Why pay more for two or three hours of misery regardless of the class of service. And with time not an issue, we don’t mind doing the flight change as we’ll do coming home: MSY-IAH-CLT. But a Delta to ABQ (via ATL, of course) was cheaper, so why not.

Will this be our farewell trip on the SWC and Sunset? Stayed tuned to Amtrak in 2020.

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Poor sleep habits at home, but sleep like a baby on trains.
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In a Pullman, I could sleep like a baby.

In a crappy superliner Enclosed Section, errr, Economy Bedroom, errrr roomette, not so much.

In a Superliner Compartment, errr, deluxe bedroom, errr, bedroom, fairly well.

In a Boeing 787 lie flat first class, pretty well.

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