Get a Window Seat
While seating is not always optional, there are times you can pick, and if you can, make sure you get a window seat. This will give you an extra headrest when dozing off. Also, if you can, try to avoid the bathroom area. That’s a high-traffic spot and is not very conducive to nap time.
Read a Book
If you’re trying to calm down and sleep, then opt for books and not screens. The blue light from screens conflict with the body’s natural melatonin, making it difficult to sleep. Turning off your devices and reading a magazine or book can support better-sleeping habits, and that’s the case for everyday situations, flying included.
Get a Snug Neck Pillow
Comfort is key. A good neck pillow can really make a difference in your sleep. A good quality pillow can also prevent headaches, stiff neck, and shoulders. You don’t want to lean back on those horrible headrests.
Cover Those Eyes
You’re flying at over 30, 000 feet, the sun is in your eyes, so there’s no hope of a nap that will help you through this trip. If that’s the case, you need an eye-mask. Eye masks automatically put you in sleep mode. Take into consideration, there’s a huge difference between a real eye mask that you can get in the right store versus one you can get a plane.
Avoid Heavy Foods Before a Flight
Falling asleep on a full stomach makes it difficult to relax. Sleeping after eating greasy and heavy foods can also give you some nasty acid reflux, and that can be really unpleasant on a plane. It’s best to eat a light meal, especially if you’re going to be sitting for a long period of time. Worst case scenario, you can always grab a snack. A soothing cup of tea can also be really helpful.
Water Not Wine
If you think that tossing back a couple of glasses of wine will ease you into a restful plane sleep, think again. Alcohol-filled sleep can affect your hydration, which in turn can cause restlessness. Keep a bottle of water with you, stay off the caffeine too. These are the stimulants that you do not need on a flight.