Sleep CAN Be Achieved on a Plane—Here’s How

No matter how tired you are, sleeping on a flight can be difficult. The constant noise, hustle and bustle, and, of course, turbulence are not the most conducive when it comes to get some shut-eye… but that’s not to say it can’t be done! Here is how. 

Location, Location, Location

Just like when buying a house, it’s all about location when it comes to choosing your seat. If you’re the type who gets cold easily, avoid seats near the exit rows as cold air tends to leak in. The rows in the front of economy are usually noisier as this is where families with children are typically placed. If you’re hoping to sleep on the flight, a window seat is probably your best bet as you can lean against the wall of the plane.

Creature Comforts

In order to create an ideal sleep environment, bring some items that help you sleep at home. It can be a blanket or particular scent—anything that helps you unwind and relax. Noise-canceling headphones can also be useful, or just put on a playlist of white noise. 

Say No to Drugs

Although alcohol and sleeping tablets seem like they will aid in achieving R&R, it is more likely that they will have adverse effects like a hangover and sleepwalking. Something natural like melatonin works far better. Take 1 milligram 30-60 minutes before you wish to be asleep and then stay awake the entire day after you land. Take another melatonin before going to bed that night. 

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