Some air travelers have an almost magical ability to sleep out as soon the plane engine starts and then stay asleep until they ariives. If you’re not one them, so here are 10 tips for making it easier to catch some sleep on your next flight.
Best Ten Tips for Sleeping While one Plane Traveling by Air
1. Book a window seat. Not only can you prop your head against the cabin wall or window, you won’t have seatmates waking you up every time they have to go to the bathroom.
2. Drink water. While you don’t want to drink so much that you’ll have to keep getting up to use the toilet, staying hydrated will make it easier for your body to rest. As water may not be readily available to you throughout a flight, bring your own bottle.
3. Dress comfortably. Leave your tight pants and clothes in your suitcase and opt for breathable clothing and comfortable shoes. Wear layers, as airplane cabins have an amazing ability to change from hot and stuffy to cold and breezy and back again over the course of a flight.
4. Avoid caffeine. It might be tempting to whittle away your time with a latte while waiting to board, but you’ll pay for it later. Also avoid the tea and coffee service onboard the plane.
5. Bring pillows and blankets. Nowadays with some airlines charging for pillows and blankets or removing them from the plane to save money, it’s best to bring your own. That way you can also be sure to have a product that works for you, whether it be a neck pillow, an inflatable cushion, or fleece blanket. If you forget yours at home, most airports have shops that sell them.
6. Bring an eye cover. Some airlines may give you eye covers for international flights, but you can’t count on it, so bring your own. You’ll look silly, but it’s amazing how blocking out light can make it easier to nod off.
7. Bring ear plugs. If you plan to use ear plugs, try out a few different brands before you fly. Everyone’s ear canals are shaped differently and not all brands may work for you.
8. Bring noise-canceling headphones. A good pair of earplugs is usually enough to help you fall asleep, but on some particularly noisy planes, its helpful to also wear headphones (with or without soft music playing) that cover your ears.
9. Fasten your seat belt over your blanket. The flight attendants will wake you up if they can’t see it.
10. Consider sleep aids, but be careful. Before you take any sleep medication, talk to your doctor about which might work for you. Melatonin is a mild, natural sleep aid many travelers find helpful, although it may not be enough for some. If you’re going to take anything stronger, make sure the flight is long enough (eight or more hours) so the product can work through your system