“I’ll just sleep on the plane!”
How many times have we said that, and then never been able to actually follow through?
Sleeping on a plane is a wonderful idea in theory because it’s a great way to pass the hours and catch up on some rest while you’re sitting there idle. However, most of us struggle to nod off while we’re flying amongst the clouds, whether it’s because of the noise, the lights, or the cramped seating.
The luxuries of a flatbed in first class aren’t always an option, so here are 5 tips to help you sleep on your next flight.
The aim is to bring useful items along for the journey that can recreate a better sleeping experience. For example, make good use of the blanket to keep your body temperature warm, and use a sleeping mask or a scarf to cover your eyes. If you are on CPAP therapy, make sure you head over to our pre-flight checklist before flying.
If you want to be comfortable, you must dress comfortably. So, forgo the fashion for the comfy look that can stretch, breathe, and move with you, to help you settle in for the long haul. You don’t go to bed with shoes, so removing them will also put you at ease.
Digital entertainment is always close at hand on a plane. You’ve often got your laptop, your tablet, your Smartphone, and even the screen in front of you. However, if you are preparing to sleep, it’s best to avoid all of these as the light from these devices triggers your brain to remain awake.
The biggest challenge to sleeping on a plane is disruption, whether that’s from someone sitting next to you or a flight attendant. If you want to sleep during the trip, perhaps choose the window seat so that your neighbors can get out of their seats without having to wake you up to get by.
Also, to avoid having to be woken by a flight attendant, place your seatbelt over your blanket so they can see it’s clipped up. That way, they don’t have to wake you if the seatbelt light goes on while you’re asleep. The same goes for stowing your tray table and your onboard luggage- put them in a compliant position so that you don’t have to be told.
To get comfortable, you need to find the perfect position for your body. While lying horizontally is not an option, recline your seat as much as you can so your head is tilted back and your legs can stretch out. Give your lower back some support with a jumper and support your head with a pillow.
It may take a few tries, but eventually, you’ll find a good position that will help you get some rest.
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
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