Since the holidays are quickly approaching, many people start making travel arrangements to spend the holidays with family in other states and countries.  A lot of people find it difficult to impossible to find a way to rest while in-flight.  Especially for those traveling abroad, getting some sleep can help the travel time pass much more quickly. Here are some tips to help you be able to relax and get some sleep while flying:

Stay Relaxed:  If flying gets you rather nervous or anxious, you need to try to stay calm.  You can do this by replacing the negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Another way is by occupying your mind with something else.  Bring at least one or two good books with you.  If you are not a book reader some magazines are a great option as well.

Avoid Caffeine:  Avoid all caffeine before and during your flight.  Caffeine will not only prevent you from relaxing, but if you are on edge with traveling it can make you more anxious.  

Earplugs:  Investing in a pair of earplugs is a great way to block out the noises of the plane and of those around you.  If noise prevents you from drifting off to sleep, these should help you be able to relax.

Pillow:  Grab a pillow for your flight, since it will allow you to get more comfortable and help ease you into sleep.

Eye Mask:  Blocking out the light will help facilitate sleep.  You will want to invest in one of these prior to the flight to ensure you have one of good quality.

Blanket:  Have a blanket with you so that a shift in temperature will not prevent you from sleeping. 

Fasten Seatbelt Over Blanket:  During flight, the stewardesses are always checking to make sure people remain buckled in.  To ensure you are not disturbed during sleep, fasten your seatbelt over your blanket so they can clearly see you are buckled in.

Dress Comfortably:  Wearing clothes that are too tight or restrictive can make for a very uncomfortable flight.  You will want to make sure you have on loose-fitting cloths that are a comfortable material.  Having on the wrong type of clothing will prevent you from being able to relax.

Book a Window Seat:  If you are not comfortable sitting by the window, you can always close the shade.  But having a seat next a window will give you a place to rest your head.  Falling asleep with your head bouncing around or landing on the passenger next to you will prevent you from resting.

Leg Room:  Any type of carry-ons you have should be able to fit in the compartment above you so you can take advantage of all your legroom.  Any necessities you need can be put in the pocket of the seat in front of you.