How to Sleep on Any Flight

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One of the most uncomfortable places to fall asleep is on an airplane. You’re often sitting next to strangers, the leg room is minimal, and the cabin temperature is rarely comfortable. If you’ve ever struggled with falling asleep on a plane, you’ll enjoy our tips on how to sleep on any flight.

Choose a window seat.

When you are booking the flight, try to remember all the times you couldn’t sleep on a plane and pick your seat wisely. The window seat is optimal because you’ll be able to rest your head against the wall and not worry about having to move for the people next to you. If you can’t get a window seat, do your neighbors a courtesy and let them know you plan on sleeping and that it’s okay to wake you if they need to get by.

Rest your head.

Invest in a neck pillow if you already haven’t. There are so many different kinds now that there’s bound to be one you find comfortable. Some airplane seats also have headrests that fold inward a bit on each side so your head stays put. But, it’s still a good idea to have a neck pillow just in case.

Avoid electronics.

Many planes now have TV screens on each seat. If you plan on sleeping you should turn the screen off so the light doesn’t keep your brain alert. The same goes for your phone, tablet, laptop, or other device. Don’t look at those screens for about an hour before you’re ready to sleep.

Eat and drink strategically.

Don’t eat a meal too closely to the time you want to sleep. Avoid alcohol and caffeine altogether when flying if you plan to rest. It’s important to stay hydrated, and alcohol and caffeine will do the opposite for you. Cabin air also gets so dry that it can be hard to sleep if you aren’t hydrated from the start.

Wear comfortable clothes.

Any restricting clothing, like denim, should be avoided if you want to be comfortable. Also put on a few layers so when the cabin temperature becomes uncomfortable for you, you can either take off or put on layers. A good tip for layering is to wear a sweatshirt or jacket backwards so that it’s easier to slip on and off when you inevitably get hot, then cold, then hot again…

Block out your surroundings.

Some people need complete darkness and/or silence in order to doze off. If this sounds like you, consider packing an eye mask and noise cancelling headphones or earplugs. Sunglasses can double as a sleep mask if needed.

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  1. Thanks for your comment about using an eye mask and headphones to block out whats happening around you so you can sleep on a plane. My wife has a really hard time sleeping during long car rides or flights, so I’ve been looking for some ways to help her out. I think I read somewhere that they make pillows and sleep masks designed for use in airplanes actually.

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