How to actually get some sleep on a plane
If you’ve ever caught a long haul flight, you’ve probably realised that trying to sleep is near impossible. The constant noise, the slight recline of the small seat and temperature change are just a few of the obstacles presented when trying to sleep on a plane.
Whether you’re going for a quick flight to Bali or are looking at the journey to Europe, here are the steps that will (hopefully) lead to a successful sleep.
Step 1: Choose your seat wisely
The first step to getting great sleep on a plane is the seat you choose. If you prefer to sleep on your side, you may be better off getting a window seat on the side of the plane that you prefer to lie on. If you prefer to sleep on your back, either an aisle or even a middle seat will do. And if you like to toss and turn or stretch out your legs, the aisle seat is the place for you.
Flight attendant and author, Heather Poole, has seen thousands of people sleeping on planes. Ms Poole offers similar advice – “Get a window seat for night flights. If you sleep on your right side at home, go for the right side of the plane.”
Step 2: Dress right for the flight
What you wear on the plane can play a huge role in how much sleep you will be able to
Step 3: Invest in a neck pillow
Even though they may be cumbersome to carry and look ridiculous, those neck pillows really do work and will help you to support your head whilst sleeping. One of the most common reasons for interrupted sleep on a plane is when your neck jerks forward, and this pillow will prevent that. You can even experiment with turning the neck pillow around the other way for more support.
Step 4: Use the plane pillow for your knees
Instead of using the plane pillow to support your back, roll it up and place it under your
Step 5: Utilise the blanket for your back
Instead of wrapping yourself in the plane blanket, which by the way has been shown to
Step 6: Wear a hat & earbuds
To give you some privacy and shut out any light, wear a hat that you can lower over your
Step 7: Avoid alcohol
As tempting as it can be, avoid having alcohol on flights as this can mess with your body
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