If you’re one of the lucky ones who can fall asleep fast anywhere, especially on flights, then congratulations. For the rest of us, sleeping in cramped, uncomfortable spaces, around strangers significantly decreases the ability to sleep comfortably or at all.
Here are some tips to help you catch some Z’s on your next flight.
10. Night is the best time for a flight
Wake up 2 to 3 hours earlier the day of your flight so you can make up for those hours on the flight later on. Go to the airport a couple of hours in advance and even earlier for international flights. It will allow you to avoid the stress of rushing to check in and standing in long lines. Also it will give you enough time to do the normal things you do before going to bed, such as brushing your teeth or read a book. It will trick your mind into thinking you’re about to go to bed.
9. The best days to fly are Tuesdays and Wednesdays
If you want fewer crowds and more space, pick the most unpopular days to catch a flight. These days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You might even get up to 3 seats for yourself. Even if you’re not lucky there’s a chance you can be allowed to sit in an unoccupied seat.
8. The perfect seat is by the window
If you lean on your left side when you sleep, pick the window seat on the left side of the plane. If your preference is right, then choose the right side window seat. Fun Fact: According to British Airline EasyJet, the most popular seat is number 7F. If you want peace and quiet, it’s recommended to stay away from the front of the plane. Front seats are mostly given to families because all of the leg room. Want to sit on the most stable part of the plane? Get seats that align with the wings of the airplane.
7. Tilt your seat back all the way.
As long as the person behind you doesn’t mind, tilting all the way back makes a drastic difference. Also sitting upright for so long is very bad for your back. Try to lean at a minimum angle of 135 degrees to take pressure off your spine. Rest your legs on your carry on, or place the little pillow they give you, under your knees.
6. Wear comfortable and warm clothes
Wear loose clothes made from natural material, that doesn’t restrict movement. If the airline doesn’t provide blankets, bring a jacket and warm or long socks. It can get cold on the plane if you didn’t already know! Also for the consideration of others, please don’t wear your jammies!
5. Fasten your seatbelt over your clothes.
Fasten the seatbelt over your clothes or a blanket that’s over you. The main reason is if the plane experiences turbulence, and you’re not wearing a seatbelt, the flight attendants will wake you from your sleep.
4. Get some proper sleeping accessories
Accessories such as sleeping masks and ear plugs will shield you from annoying light and noise. Neck support always helps too, so you might want to invest in a neck pillow.
3. Control the scents around you
We all love the scent of a freshly cleaned pillow. It can help some people fall asleep faster. Vanilla and orange also smell good. What about the smell of fast food and sweat? Not as pleasing. You can control most of what you smell on the plane by lightly applying some essential oils on your pillow. A dab of perfume works good as long as you don’t apply too much.
2. Put Your Technology Away
Don’t watch movies on your laptop or phone. This will seriously disturb your sleep. Experts say to put all gadgets away at least 30 minutes to an hour before you sleep. Try reading a book instead and a boring book will help you fall asleep even faster. Relaxing music can help as well. We recommend environmental sounds like rain falling or birds chirping to help you doze off.
1. Food & Drink
Opt for chicken or fish when it comes to meals on the plane. Don’t overeat and instead eat lightly. Forget about coffee or any alcoholic drinks. The best options are tea or water. Alcohol might calm you down but it will definitely ruin your quality of sleep and waking up super groggy.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you book a flight. Bookmark this page so you can keep these tips handy! Happy traveling.