9 Tips for Sleeping Comfortably on Your Next Flight

It’s amazing how much better life seems when you sleep well. Here are our top 9 tips to help you sleep on your next flight.

9 tips for sleeping comfortably on your next flight

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It’s amazing how much better life seems when you sleep well. Here are our top 9 tips to help you sleep on your next flight.

1.    Choose your seat in advance

Choosing the best seat is possibly the most important tip for a comfortable sleep on a flight.

There are advantages and disadvantages to all seats, so your choice will depend on personal preference:

  • The window seat—it can be quieter, and you can pull down the window shade and rest your head on the cabin wall. Unfortunately, you will need to disturb your fellow travellers if you wish to get up.
  • The middle seat—according to a less than 1% of passengers prefer the middle seat. And, quite frankly, we can’t think of any advantages to choosing this seat. Avoid it!
  • The aisle seatthis can provide extra legroom because you can take a stroll down the aisle without disturbing anyone. You will be disturbed by those in the window and middle seats trying to get past you, though, and watch out for clumsy passengers or wayward trolleys travelling up and down the aisle.
  • If you’re travelling as a couple, book a window and an aisle seat. If you’re lucky, the middle seat may stay empty and give you more room.

2.    Travel light

Keep your on-board essentials in a small bag and stow the rest of your carry-on luggage in the overhead lockers. This will leave plenty of room for you to stretch your feet and legs to keep the blood circulating.

3.    Keep warm

Don’t let the cabin temperature before take-off fool you. In most cases, it will plummet once you’re cruising at altitude—goosebumps aren’t really conducive to a comfortable sleep.

Bringing your own blanket/scarf/sarong and inflatable pillow can be a smart idea. You will need to carry these with you for your entire trip. Items that can be used for dual purposes are practical travelling companions.

4.    Fasten your belt above your blanket

If you don’t want to be woken by the aircrew every time the seat belt sign is on, just fasten your seat belt above your blanket and try to keep it uncovered and visible at all times.

5.    Ask not be disturbed

Aircrew make many trips up and down the aisle offering drinks, food or merchandise products. Kindly let them know you would like to be undisturbed.

6.    Use earplugs or noise cancelling headphones

There’s no way to avoid noise on a plane, but noise-cancelling headphones can block out most of it. If your headphones come with a two-pronged plane adaptor, they will also work with the onboard entertainment system.

7.    Wear a sleep mask

You might be travelling through a different time zone and have to sleep while it is still bright outside, or maybe the lights on the plane keep you awake when you want to rest. In these situations, a sleep mask will filter out light and (perhaps) convince your brain it’s time to sleep.

8.    Adjust your sleeping position

Research by the British Chiropractic Association found that sitting upright contributes to lower back pain. Try leaning slightly back in your seat, which will put the least amount of pressure on your spinal disks. You can also try placing a small pillow in the small of your back or a light inflatable pillow behind your neck.

9.    Use essential oils

Do you become anxious when flying? A few drops of lavender on your wrists, forehead and neck can lead to better sleep by calming the nervous system and helping you relax. Eucalyptus oil, on the other hand, can give you an extra spring in your step upon arrival.

We’ve just written a new eBook, The Ultimate Guide to a Comfortable Flight. It’s jam-packed with travel tips that can help you have a more comfortable flight and arrive at your destination fresh, happy and healthy instead of tired, jet-lagged and sick.

If you’re planning a trip which involves a flight, you’ll find this eBook really useful and we’d like to share it with you – for free. Just click on the link below enter your first name and email address and we’ll send you a copy right away.

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About Heather Gatland

Chief Sock Checker at TXG Socks

After finding that compression socks sped up the healing of an injury, Heather wanted to help others do the same, so founded TXG Compression Socks in Australasia in 2013. With her 6 years of ‘hands-on’ experience working with medical professionals, extensive business experience and Chartered Accountant qualification, Heather knows all the ins and outs of the compression socks market. Heather’s goal of helping baby boomers, like herself, has finally come true. Heather loves researching and sharing her findings on the TXG blog as well as enjoys supporting her customers to get back to feeling happy, energised and active.

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