Some people need to sleep on the flight to sync their sleep schedule to their destination, while some people choose to just sleep to pass their time on the long-haul flights. Irrespective of the reason, these are a few traveler-backed tips to get a good shut-eye on your next flight.
Dress comfortably: Wear loose, breathable clothes. Also, the temperature can get pretty chilly in the cabin, you never know so be prepared and get an extra jacket and a pair of socks, and you’re set.
Stock up your sleep accessories: The ambiance on board is seldom suitable for sleeping, there could be kids screaming or people talking loudly. There is light around, the temperature may not exactly be sleep-friendly; over and above the fact that you have to fall on asleep on a seat. This makes it very important for you to carry aids that assist you in falling asleep. These are a few items that all frequent travelers swear by.
A comfortable pillow- there are too many options to choose from, inflatable, memory foam-based, micro-beads based, etc. After a few trials, you will realize which one works the best for you.
A blanket: As discussed, it can be cold up in the air, and all flights do not provide blankets. Also, a blanket has this super cozy effect which simply helps you relax( works for me), so grab your choice of blanket while you pack.
Eye-mask: Most airlines do provide one, but they are not exactly comfortable, so it is advisable to take your own.
Noise cancellation headphones: There is nothing that will create a quiet ambiance like the noise cancellation headphones, not even the ear-buds. Let’s just say this is an investment worth making.
Score a window seat: This is contrary to what I normally suggest when you have to stay awake during your journey. Window seat means you have somewhere to lean on and nobody is going to ask you to move throughout the journey. A bonus tip- the area near the wings is the most stable in terms of vibrations, make sure you get the best seat by checking in online well in advance.
You can consider sleeping pills: A lot of people find these really helpful, but I personally do not think these are safe. It reduces your alertness should you be dealing with an emergency, hence it is a good idea to steer clear of them. Yet for the ones who just can’t do without them, it is best to consult a board-certified sleep physician before consuming them.
Stay buckled up: Fasten your seatbelt and keep it visible. That way if the seat belt sign goes on, the air-hostess will notice this, and not wake you up to fasten it then.
Did I miss something, if yes do let me know in the comment section, all of us could do with some more innovative ideas to get a good sleep on our next flight!!