It can be one of the most difficult places to fall asleep. An airplane. Turbulence. Crying babies. The dinging of the seat belt sign. Bright lights. The person in the window seat who seems to have an over-active bladder. Here are a few tips and some preparation you can do to up the chances of getting a good sleep on your long-haul flights:
1. Bring a comfortable pillow and perhaps a light blanket or sweater. Some airlines don’t give out blankets anymore.
2. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Dress in layers! Sometimes I bring an extra pair of socks in case my feet get cold.
3. Book the window seat. That way you can lean against the wall and take some pressure off your neck muscles.
4. Don’t book the last row, as these seats often do not recline.
5. The “exit row” usually provides a little more space, but you need to be alert in case of an emergency. So no heavy sleepers or sleeping pills!
6. Buy a comfortable, functional eye mask.
7. Pack earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to listen to soft music. Stay away from the movies/TV. That can excite your mind and make it more difficult to sleep.
8. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine on your flight if you want to sleep. Both can impair your ability to doze.
9. Considering sleeping pills? It’s best you talk to your doctor before trying this route. Some pills require more time for your body to metabolize. Meaning that certain pills are better for longer flights.
10. Worried about your snoring? Take an stop snoring device like Good Morning Snore Solution. It’s discreet, travel-safe and your seat-mate will hardly even notice it.
11. If money isn’t an object (we wish!), fly business or first class.
Robert Jackson is a freelance journalist who writes about sleeping disorders and how to choose an anti snoring mouthpiece
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