You know, how our bed is our favorite pal, after a long day or on early mornings when we don’t want to get out of bed, or those nights in planes tossing and turning, trying to get the best position to sleep. Here’s some tricks on how to get a good night’s sleep if you are having difficulty sleeping on a plane, so you can be totally refreshed the next day.
When you can’t sleep on the plane, it’s nothing to fret or get worked up about, rather you should relax. Try to do what relax or stuff that helps you stay relaxed. On your flight, remember to bring along a music or video player, travel pillows, sleeping mask, ear plugs, noise cancelling headphones or a book to read until you fall asleep, a blanket for when you are cold, Ensure that you do whatever calms you or is comfortable for you.
Choose your Seat
If you can’t afford business or first class coaches with lie flat seats, mood lighting and duvets, it’s best to request for the best seat when booking your flight. Do you sleep on the left or the right side of the bed at home? Get a window seat for night flights. If you sleep on your right side at home go for the right side of the plane.
Its advisable to reserve a window seat, so you can lean against and rest your head on the side of the plane. (It’s a lot easier than trying to fall asleep on a neck pillow while basically sitting upright.) and you can also control your light exposure. Also, sites like SeatGuru.com let’s you pick the best seat possible and get additional details (like legroom inches and proximity to bathrooms) that aren’t always available when booking online.
Use A Sleep Mask
You are flying together with 200 other people and 38000 feet up in the air and you are exposed to light from seatback TV screens, mobile phones, tablets, or laptops, which makes it impossible for you to sleep and the light from the screens keeps your brain awake. . It is better for you to use a sleeping mask to help block some of this light, and reduce the impact of the lighting on your brain. A sleeping mask is also great for sending signals to people around you that you are not really in the mood to talk and only want to relax.
If you still can’t fall asleep, one of the best things you can do to help yourself is to drink enough water and stay hydrated through the flight. This can significantly help to reduce the effects of lack of sleep and jet lag on your body. Planes can be extremely dehydrating, it is very necessary to carry a water bottle and drink up as much as is adequate. Your body will definitely be grateful to you for it.
As much as it is tempting to drink booze so as to sleep off, it only affords you a three to four hours sleep, then you wake up with a heada spilting headache and stay wake through out the flight. Stay off alcohol and caffeine, rather try herbal tea and ensure you don’t eat too much on a flight. Drinks and snacks rich in alcohol, caffeine and sugar can disrupt your sleeping pattern. If you have to eat, try a carb rich snack like cereal before sleeping off.
So next time, you are traveling with a plane, try these tricks to ensure that you arrive feeling refreshed, alert and ready to explore. Fly safe!