Whether you are traveling for business purposes or going on a lavishing vacation to another country, one thing we can all agree on is that sleeping in an economy seat on an airplane can be quite a mission. The small space and the upright seats can make it hard to get comfortable enough to take a relaxing nap. Here are a few tips to keep in mind through air travel that will help you doze off peacefully.
Do not board a plane with the expectation that you will easily fall asleep. This is often unrealistic, causing a traveller to get frustrated when they can not slip quickly into slumber. Putting too much pressure on yourself will almost always ensure you get no sleep. Keep in mind that for the most part, people are so excited to get to their destination. The anticipation does not always make it easy to relax and sleep.
With airline seat availability becoming more and more limited for economy travellers, flyers do not always get the seat they want- “the window seat!” This spot is the easiest seat to fall asleep in as you have something to lean on. If the window indent is an inch or two in front of the seat you have the perfect place for your head to lie against. That however cuts out two thirds of the rest of the plane leaving travellers in the center or aisle with less than optimal sleeping arrangements.
When traveling by air it is important to wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes. Think about it; are you able to fall asleep in your bed while wearing jeans? If you can’t fall asleep in your own bed then how will you fall asleep in a small upright chair? In addition, due to pressurization our bodies swell so you want to ensure that your clothing doesn’t fit too tight leaving you uncomfortable.
Now that you are wearing the right gear you want to be sure to bring the correct sleep goods to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Three important must have products are a travel pillow, an eye mask and earplugs/headphones. A neck pillow will help your head from falling side to side while the eye mask is a gateway way to escape from your surroundings. The earplugs/headphones are the icing on the cake zoning out any unwanted noises or allowing you to listen to soothing music, calming and relaxing your body.
Eating and Drinking
People don’t usually think about how eating can affect their sleep, but this is an important component that should not be overlooked. Before and during your flight you want to avoid eating anything salty. Salty foods paired with cabin pressure can lead to uncomfortable bloating. Stash chamomile tea bags and ask the attendant for hot water as the drink cart makes the rounds. A nice cup of tea can help you reach dreamland mid-flight.
Some flyers order a nice cocktail to help them nod off quicker, but don’t be fooled into thinking you will get a better rest. Studies have confirmed that falling asleep after consuming alcohol will leave you dehydrated, making you groggy when you awake. In addition, it can amplify jetlag and disrupt your sleeping pattern all together.
Add these few tips to your routine when traveling by air next time and arrive at your destination rested and refreshed.
Written by Tatum Dumont
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