How to Get Enough Sleep During a Flight

How to sleep on a plane?

Anyone who has been on long haul flights knows the feeling: after ten, twenty or even more hours you finally arrive at your destination, and you are exhausted!

You barely slept, your body aches from sitting in an airplane seat for hours and you are most likely jet-lagged.

Long flights are not pleasant. But it helps so much if you at least got some good sleep on the plane!

My Tips for Sleeping on a Plane:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes.
    I normally bring some comfortable, thick socks as well so that I can take my shoes off and keep my feet warm.
  2. Choose the seat that works best for you.
    For me that’s a window seat. Buth because then nobody has to pass me to go to the bathroom, but also because I like resting my head against the window. 
  3. Don’t drink coffee.
    Stay hydrated, drink a lot of water but avoid coffee. And I avoid black tea and sugary drinks as well.
  4. Don’t drink alcohol either.
    Alcohol might help you fall asleep, but you’ll get lower quality sleep. You’ll most likely wake up feeling groggy and unfocused, which is the last thing you want after a long flight.
  5.  Bring a neck pillow.
    I know, they are a little annoying to carry, but they can really help you sleep on a plane and feel more rested.
  6. Use the blankets.
    Using a blanket helps you feel more cozy and ready to sleep. Plus, it often gets cold on the plane! If they haven’t handed out blankets, just ask for one.
  7. Use headphones or earplugs.
    I like to use headphones to listen to some music and block out the noise. But if you don’t like to sleep with music on, then use earplugs.

This is a fun article with some additional tips for how to sleep on a flight:

Surprising Tricks: How to Sleep on a Plane

Trying though it may be for some of us to catch some sleep during flights, sweet sleep doesn’t have to elude us forever.

And, no, we’re not talking about popping an Ambien with a bourbon chaser. (Please, don’t do that. We don’t want to have to worry about you.)

We called on some experts and constant travelers for some help…

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Sanne Wesselman

Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad, and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing.
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this website to share "the good, the bad and the ugly" of traveling and living abroad. Visit the About Me page for more info.

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