Not enough arm space. Not enough legroom. Loud children. People pushing you as they pass by. Movies, music, and video noise that keep your eyes rolling. Too strong sunlight.
These and many others are common distractions and troubles of air travel, and each one of them makes sleeping on planes sometimes impossible.
If you struggle to get some shuteye whenever you have a flight, you are not alone.
There are millions of people going through the same struggles as you do. Here is how you can overcome these problems stress-free. Make your next flight is enjoyable by following these tips.
Choose Your Seat Wisely
You may ignore this factor, but where you seat matters. Your seat size and location are deciding factors when it comes to how well – or not – you are going to sleep during your flight.
If possible, try to get a window seat whenever you can – it will give your something to lean on (window) and it will keep you far from people around you, especially from people in your row – which means that you won’t have to move whenever someones have to use the toilet.
Plus, this seat gives you full control over the window shade.
Doublethink if you are saving money if you are book exit row or bulkhead seats.
Certainly, the extra legroom is great, but know that some exit row seats do not recline, while some bulkhead seats have armrests that can’t be raised.
So, sleeping in one of these can form more troubles than use. Imagine flying for 14 hours and not being able to move? When you picture it those extra bucks don’t seem like a lot, right?
Keep Carry-ons Light
We all know that carry-ons are handy. Plus, it can never harm to have extra clothes on hand, in case your regular luggage gets lost. Still, you shouldn’t overdo it.
Pack lighter and have more legroom – always try to fit everything into a single bag. Keep necessities on the top of the bag, such as a book, a magazine, or even a small bottle of water.
Carry-ons you can place in the overhead compartment, just make sure that you pull the important items (those that you need during the flight) and put them in the back of the seat in front of you.
Avoid Caffeine As Much As Possible
We apologize, coffee lovers, but it seems that that delicious drink puts extra stress on you when flying.
Drinking coffee isn’t a bad habit in general, and at least it’s not if you know when to drink it.
Make sure that you know when you should have your first cup of coffee, and whenever you have it have a glass of water on the side.
Coffee acts as a diuretic, and water helps to keep your gut in order, which is especially handy during long flights.
No matter how much caffeine you drink, even if it’s just in tea, you will find it much harder to sleep if you have caffeine running through your veins.
It may be hard, but you should do your best to avoid having a cup of coffee or a soda before boarding – always choose to stick to water or juice when the drink cart comes around.
Try A Sleep Aid
This is always an option and something that you should discuss with your doctor first. Never take any medication without supervision, even when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.
It’s easy for people to trick themself into believing that only a magical pill can help unless your doctor shared otherwise.
Before your next flight, make sure that you talk with your physician and discuss the following solutions:
Have Blankets And Pillows
Let’s be honest – is there such thing as too many pillows and blankets? If you tend to fly distance, you know that there never seem to be enough blankets and pillows to go around.
To avoid this stress, think in advance and bring your own, especially if you get chilly naturally.
If you don’t have these items on you, and you don’t see them on your seat, make sure that you ask for one.
A blanket and a comfortable pillow can help you tremendously to feel warm, safe, and extra cozy.
Bring A Neck Pillow
Many travelers refuse to travel without their neck pillows. If they are designed well, they will help you, support you, and provide much-needed comfort.
They shouldn’t be too big, too fluffy, and not totally under your chin – they have to fit perfectly. When you have a neck pillow any travel destination is perfect.
It’s alwasy beneficial to invest a few bucks into the right tech. Pass on the airline’s headphones, and have your own. TV and movies can easily keep you up the entire flight, and for a minimum stressful situation.
This way you can enjoy your time, while not distracting others, and not being distracted by others. Plus, you can listen to white noise recordings that will help you drift off easier.
Plus, headphones can help you have a better nap time. For best results, try high-quality noise-canceling headphones – they may be pricey but are worth your money.
Search for headphones that are promoted as those with high noise cancelation.
Always Dress Comfortably
Will your flight be cold or hot? Will you have a jacket on, or a winter sweater? This is something that you should think hard about.
Dressing comfortably should be imperative when traveling – wear cotton, clothes that allow your body to breathe, comfortable shoes, and always have socks on hand.
If you are on a long-haul flight, consider packing pajamas to change into – trust us, people do this more frequently than they talk about it.
Stay Away From The Light
It’s tricky to stay away from the light when you are on a plane, but you need to give your best to do so.
You probably know already that screens, reading lights, cabin lights, and so on are major sleep-related disturbance factors.
If you tend to use a blue light filter on your phone durign the day that’s a great habit – this way you are keeping your eyes in balance with natural light and you can easier fall asleep. plus, blue light tricks your brain that its time to sleep, so feel free to continue using it.
Pro tip: Always carry an eye mask on.
Extra Tips On How To Sleep Better On Plane
- Make as much room as possible for your feet
- Recline your seat
- Make sure that no one disturbs you
- Use your alarm to wake you at least 45 minutes before landing
- Consider the flight’s timing
- Fly direct whenever possible
- Pick a comfortable mask and keep it on your face
- Always buckle up
- Try to stick to your routine as much as possible
The Bottom Up
If you want to sleep on a flight, be prepared. Think ahead, know what bothers you and be prepared. Think about gadgets that can make your trip better, sounder, and happier, and used them well.
Bring your own pillow, have a noise-canceling headset, and have a book that will help you drift off faster. Of course, an eye mask is a must. If possible, pay for extra leg space.