How to Actually Get Restful Sleep on a Plane
So you booked a red-eye flight. Sleep is imperative if you want to stay awake during that cross-country wedding you'll be arriving at come daybreak, but we all know the truth. When it comes to getting shut-eye on a plane—truly good, quality shut-eye—the odds are not in our favor. If you're someone who struggles to fall and stay asleep during air travel, read on. There are quite a few smart tactics that will improve your airborne sleeping skills. It's worth a try, wouldn't you say? Read on for some useful tips.
Schedule a flight that matches your sleeping pattern. This will allow your body to maintain a level of normalcy. Before your flight, brush your teeth, wash your hair, read a bit—do everything you normally do before bedtime!
Try to select a seat that accomodates the side you normally sleep on. Rumors suggest that the left side (facing the front of the plane) offers a bit more room for sleeping since the windows are staggered.
We don't support wearing pajamas or sweats on the plane. We do support wearing pants with plenty of stretch, layers to peel off or add on at whim, and a snuggly scarf to cozy up into. Also, do not forget socks!
Listening to white noise or other ambient noises will help drown out the sounds of the plane and promote better sleep. Unless you already have a go-to sleep mix, download some white noise or nature sounds before your next takeoff!
We've been doing it wrong all along. By flipping your neck pillow around so the cushion rests below your chin, you'll keep yourself from jolting awake when you finally manage to doze off.
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