Seven Pointers for Sleeping on Planes
Vacations and traveling is great, exploring a new city or country. What may not be great though, is flying to your destination. For overseas flights, it can be downright brutal. An extended period of time in a confined space isn’t anyone’s idea of paradise. Getting some much needed sleep, especially if you’re going somewhere in another time zone, is a necessity. That’s easier said than done, for a number of reasons. Here’s 7 legit tips for sleeping on planes.
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SEAT FOR YOU
Choosing the right seat really depends on what type of sleeper. We think it’s safe to say that no one would prefer a middle seat, but if you’re a leaner, you might prefer a window seat. If extra space and easy access to the restroom is more important, than an isle seat is ideal. A good rule of thumb is, for longer flights, get an aisle seat.
2. BRING HOME WITH YOU
Is there a certain thing you do or something you have before you go to sleep at home? Do you listen to music or watch a certain show or read a book before sleep? Bright it with you, and try to mimic your normal pre-bedroom routine as much as possible. Hopefully, they have your favorite binge shows for in-flight entertainment
3. BLOCK OUT THE NOISE
Usually, it’s silent and dark when we sleep, which may not always be the case on a flight. Whether its music leaking from someone’s Bose headphones nearby, or worse, a crying baby, make sure you have what you need to block out all the “noise”. Noise canceling headphones work great, but earplugs should also suffice; and don’t forget a sleep mask. Also, ask for an extra pillow and blanket :).
4. STRETCH IT OUT
Recline that seat as far back as possible, it was made to not bother the person behind you too much. Also, unbuckle that seat belt and stretch your legs out, it’ll help blood flow. To have enough legroom, make sure any bag stowed under the seat in front of you doesn’t take up too much space, or cram it into an overhead bin.
5. TAKE IT EASY ON THE LIBATIONS
Long haul flights usually mean free booze. While that may sound too good to refuse, this isn’t the time you want to drink yourself to sleep. Alcohol can dehydrate you, and since you can’t just get up and fetch yourself a glass of water like you normally would, avoid that. Also, if you do sleep, you may wake up with a headache,feeling groggy, or in extreme cases a hangover.
6. DON’T EAT TOO MUCH
If there’s free booze, that also means there’s food too, at least a full meal or two for extended flights, plus snacks. That, plus whatever you brought on board can make it easy to overeat. We doubt you’re eating baby carrots on the plane, so all those high-sugar, high-fat meals can really mess with your sleep.
7. UPGRADE IF YOU CAN
It might be difficult to get a free upgrade, but if you can, it’ll make your entire flight experience, much more enjoyable. More leg room, priority boarding, close to the bathrooms, better food and drink choices, what’s not to love. In some cases, the chairs go completely flat for as close a bed experience as there is.
Now, even if you follow these tips, you’re still in a crowded airplane tens of thousands of feet up. Hopefully, your end destination makes it all worth it. Reach out to us if there’s anything you find helps you catch some rest in the skies. Safe travels!