Getting restful sleep on an airplane can be difficult! Here are some things that should help you doze off on your flight and make the time fly:

 

 

 

  • Use earplugs. The noise on a plane can make getting to sleep very difficult during a flight, but it unfortunately can’t be avoided. Wearing earplugs or using noise-cancelling headphones can help block out the noise, making it easier for you to drift off to sleep.

 

  • Sit at a window seat. Some people find it comfortable to sleep sitting up, but if you're not one of those people then the slight incline of the airplane seat recliner isn't enough to make you comfortable enough to sleep. Booking a window seat allows you the space to lean and rest your head on the window. This also helps avoid the awkward situation of waking up with your head on the shoulder of the stranger sitting next to you!
  • Wear comfortable clothes. If you are traveling for business, sometime you can't avoid having to wear a suit or your work clothes on the plane. But when you have the opportunity, your clothing should be loose, breathable, and comfortable when you travel. Wearing tight clothes restricts your movement and can make it hard for you to get comfortable enough to get to sleep.
  • Use an eye mask. If your flight is during the day, the plane can get pretty bright. Wearing an eye mask will eliminate the light and help ease your body into sleep mode. Buy a good quality eye mask before you leave, because the ones provided by airlines are often times too thin, or your airline might not provide eye masks at all.

  • Bring a blanket. This will make sure that you won’t be awkaned if temperature changes during the flight.
  • Fasten your seat belt over your blankte. The flight attendants walk around during flight making sure you have your belt on, so  buckling your belt over your blanket ensures they can see it and won’t have to wake you up to make sure it's fastened.
  • Take a pillow. A small, curved neck pillow, or a travel pillow will allow for ultimate comfort and ease you to sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine before and on board the flight. It might be tempting to get a coffee in the departure lounge before you board the flight, especially if your flight is in the early morning, but this will cause some difficulty when you are trying to get the sleep on the plane. Also skip the tea and coffee services that are available on the flight.
  • Stay relaxed. Stress and anxiety will stop you from being able to sleep on the plane just like when you’re at home. If you're nervous about flying, or about the trip ahead, you will be less likely to sleep well on the plane. The key is to stay relaxed and block out any negative thoughts.
  • Downsize your carry-on.  Make sure that your carry-on luggage can go in the overhead compartment so you’re not restricting your leg room. If you are carrying a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag, make sure it's small enough to fit completely under the seat in front of you so that it doesn't restrict your leg room.

Traveling by plane can be uncomfortable, especially if your flight is long or overseas, but flying doesn't have to mean that you don't get the sleep you deserve! What are some things you do to get more comfortable and sleep on a plane?