4 Tips on Getting More Restful Sleep on Long Airplane Flights
Today’s guest post, 4 Tips on Getting More Restful Sleep on Long Airplane Flights is provided by Margaret Cook
For some of us, air travel is a rare occurrence and we may perceive it as a unique and exciting experience. For others, frequent flying is an all-too-common part of life. Whether you’re taking to the skies for business or to visit family and friends, or simply to enjoy a much needed getaway, airplane travel can prove an exhausting experience.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 4 tips on getting better sleep on long airplane flights that help you arrive at your destination well rested and ready to take on that next meeting or settle in to your vacation spot for the next week.4 Tips on Getting More Restful Sleep on Long Airplane Flights #TBIN Click To Tweet
Dress Comfortably (If You Can)
Often the most overlooked solution to sleeping well on a long flight is to simply dress comfortably. Not everyone can wear pajamas on the plane, but you can get close to that level of comfort.
Try to wear loose fitting clothes, avoid too many accessories and make sure the material is soft. Large buttons, belt buckles, ties and other similar components can easily cause discomfort when trying to sleep in your seat.
Use Natural Sleep Remedies Instead of Sleeping Medicines
Our first instinct when we’re seeking restful sleep, yet uncertain whether we’ll catch those precious Z’s without a little help is to reach for the sleeping pills. While these medicines may prove useful for a restless night at home or an illness is keeping you awake at night, they aren’t the best idea on an airplane ride.
Sleeping pills usually have long-lasting effects – longer than a typical flight – and may leave you feeling groggy and dragging when it’s time to deplane. Instead, try natural remedies such as hot tea, some lavender lotion or pillow spray, or even a small glass of warm milk.
Use Soothing Sounds or Silence your Surroundings
The ambiance on an airplane can vary widely, so controlling what you hear is key to getting the rest you need. If you enjoy soothing sounds such as rain falling or ocean waves, bring along a set of comfortable headphones and play your desired music (avoid earbuds-they can be uncomfortable and easily fall out).
If you prefer silence, invest in some noise-canceling headphones, earplugs, or even earmuffs. Comfort is key for whatever method you choose.
Invest in a Great Travel Pillow
Perhaps the most crucial component for restful sleep is the pillow. Trying to rest without that precious cushion for your head is practically impossible.
You also can’t just bring any old pillow on the plane and expect it to do its job. Placing a pillow behind your head in an airplane seat won’t work well, as it may slip and slide, possibly bother other passengers, and it doesn’t provide the proper neck support.
You want something like the Travel-Sleeper, a front-face pillow that stays in place, won’t slip or bother your fellow travelers and – most importantly – provides excellent neck support. Remember your pillow should be compact, lightweight and able to pass through security checks.
Margaret Cook is an author, travel blogger and creator of the Travel Sleeper pillow.
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