When traveling by plane, the hours spent in-transit offer a great opportunity to rest up before you arrive at your destination. But between uncomfortable, cramped seats, ambient noise, light and the excitement of travel, sometimes it can be hard to take advantage of this opportunity to snooze.
If you have a hard time falling asleep when traveling by plane, use these five tips to catch up on your beauty sleep while you fly.
1. Book seats thoughtfully
If you want to get the best possible sleep on a plane, try to snag a seat by the window so you can lean up against it to find a more comfortable sleeping position. When you book your flight, Entrepreneur magazine recommended considering what side of the bed you usually sleep on. If you typically sleep on your right side, book your seat on the right side of the plane. Sometimes airlines will also offer seats with more space for an extra fee, but make sure that you don’t get stuck in an aisle seat that won’t recline. Extra space isn’t very helpful when you’re stuck sitting uncomfortably upright for hours.
2. Dress comfortably
While it might not be appropriate to wear your pajamas through the airport, that doesn’t mean that you have to sleep in an uncomfortable outfit. Consider bringing a pair of sweatpants or pajama pants to change into after you board the flight. Being comfortable will make it easier to fall asleep, and you can change back into your normal clothes after you land.
Bring a pair of fuzzy socks as well to keep your feet warm after you slip off your shoes.
3. Watch what you drink and eat
To ensure that you sleep well, be careful what you drink leading up to your flight. It might be tempting to drink coffee for its caffeine boost to help with last-minute packing and the trip through the airport, but the lingering effects will make it hard to fall asleep once you’re comfortably in your seat. The same goes for sugary drinks and snacks. Try to stick with water and decaffeinated, unsweetened tea to help your body stay relaxed so you can fall asleep faster.
You should also avoid alcoholic beverages, which can contribute to dehydration caused by the dry air in the cabin. Staying hydrated will help your body fight off symptoms of jet lag.
4. Bring the right supplies
When you’re traveling by plane, your space is limited. If it doesn’t fit in your carry-on luggage, it’s not going to make the trip. You may not be able to bring everything that helps you sleep at night, but you can pack a few essentials. To make sure you sleep well, bring a set of earplugs and a sleeping mask to block out sound and light on the flight. You might also want to bring a small travel pillow and blanket that can be folded up and stuffed in your bag when you’re done sleeping.
5. Adjust your schedule
If you’re traveling across time zones, the Huffington Post recommended preparing your body by adjusting your sleep schedule in preparation for your flight. A week in advance, start going to sleep slightly earlier each night if you’re traveling east, or slightly later if traveling west.
When you board the plane, switch your BABY-G digital or analog watch to the local time of your destination. It could help you fall asleep at an appropriate time if you convince your brain that you’re already in the new time zone. A shock resistant backlit watch is a great option for traveling by plane. Consider one of the BABY-G blue series or pink series for a watch that is both chic and practical.
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