7 Tips for Sleeping on a Plane

7 Tips for Sleeping on a Plane

Traveling is great, especially if you're exploring a new city or even a new country. What may not be so great, however, is the flight you have to take to your destination. That counts double for long, overseas flights. An extended period of time in a confined space isn't anyone's idea of paradise (unless you're flying first class). Getting some much needed sleep, especially if you're going somewhere with a notable time difference, is key. That's easier said than done, for a number of reasons. Here's 7 lucky tips for sleeping on a plane.

1. Pick the Right Seat 

Choosing the right seat really depends on what type of person you are. We think it's safe to say that no one would prefer a middle seat, but if you're a leaner, you might want a window seat. If extra space and easy access to the restroom is more important, than an isle seat is ideal. 

2. Don't Forget the Little Comforts 

Is there a certain thing you do before you go to sleep at home? Do you listen to music or watch a certain show or read a book before sleep? Make sure to bring whatever that is with you, and try to mimic your normal pre-bedroom routine as much as possible. 

3. Block Everything Out if You Need To 

Usually when we sleep, it's silent and dark, which may not always be the case on a flight. Whether its music leaking from someone's headphones nearby (worst-case scenario: crying baby) or a reading light on, make sure you have what you need to block it out. Noise canceling headphones work great, but earplugs should also suffice; and don't forget a sleep mask. 

4. Stretch Out

Recline that seat as far back as possible, it was made to not bother the person behind you too much. Also, stretch your legs instead of crossing them, it'll help blood flow. To have sufficient legroom, make sure any luggage you have stowed under the seat in front of you doesn't take up too much space. 

5. Watch the Alcohol 

Long haul flights usually mean free alcohol. While that may sound awesome, this isn't the time you want to drink yourself to sleep. Alcohol can make you dehydrated, and since you can't just get up and fetch yourself a glass of water like you normally would, avoid that. Also, if you do sleep, you may wake up with a headache or feeling groggy. 

6. Don't Overeat 

If there's free booze, that also means there's food included, at least a full meal or two for extended flights. This probably also includes snacks and dessert. That, plus whatever you've brought on board to munch on can make it easy to overeat. We doubt you're eating healthy food on the plane, so all those high-sugar, high-fat meals can really mess with your sleep routine. 

7. Upgrade 

It might be difficult to get a free upgrade, but if you can pull it off, it'll make your entire flight experience, and the time spent sleeping, much more enjoyable. More leg room, priority boarding, close to the bathrooms, better food and drink choices, what's not to love. In some cases, the chairs go completely flat for as close a "bed" experience as there is. 

Now, even if you follow these tips, the fact is you're still in a crowded airplane tens of thousands of feet up. Hopefully, your end destination makes it all worth it. Reach out to us if there's anything you find helps you catch some rest in the skies.

Safe travels!


Updated: 09/13/2019