How to Sleep on a Plane | Tips & Tricks to Help You Relax & Rest While Flying

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re gonna review some tips and tricks to help you relax while
flying. (light chiming music) One of the things I seem to struggle with is resting on a plane. I
don’t know why, but I can never seem to get comfortable while flying.
I feel cramped, sweaty, and no matter how hard, I try I can never seem to get as
much sleep as I would like. In fact, I’m always envious of people who
can just fall asleep during the entire flight. For me, red-eye flights are
torture since I’m never able to get the rest that I need, unless I’m able to get
a lie flat seat, which is not often since I can’t justify the cost even with
points. I always thought I was in the minority when it came to this struggle
but I seem to have met a lot of folks lately that share the same experience as
me. So today, I want to run through some tips and tricks that I use to help me
relax and get some rest while flying. I can’t guarantee that they’ll work for
you, but these are things that seem to work well for me.
Number 1: Reduce lights. This not only applies to windows but also overhead
lights and screens. The blue light from screens has been known to affect our
biological clocks, so you might want to give yourself a break from your
electronics. Or if you really want to use your device, I suggest reducing the
brightness of your screen to minimize the amount of light or investing in a
dedicated e-reading device like a Kindle. Number 2: Wear comfortable
clothes. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve been guilty of wearing
clothes that aren’t the most comfortable when flying. This also applies to
footwear. I often wear the most bulky shoes when traveling to save space in
my suitcase, but I feel like I’m so much more likely to fall asleep when I take
them off. So if you struggle to get comfortable while flying, consider
wearing more loose and stretchy clothes. For me, I usually wear one of my prAna
Brion pants. They look like normal pants but they’re actually made of nylon and
spandex, which makes them super comfortable. They’re actually my go-to
pants when traveling because they’re easy to wash and dry, and can work for
all sorts of situations and environments, whether it’s hiking or exploring town in
a tropical location. Number 3: Consider your dining and
beverage choices. It’s generally recommended that you eat prior to your
flight in order to maximize your chance of falling asleep. For me, that’s usually
an unrealistic expectation, so I recommend being careful of what you’re
eating and drinking. Depending on how sensitive your stomach is, you might want
to avoid spicy foods which might be more likely to upset your stomach. Also, if
you’re prone to snoring, you may want to avoid drinking alcohol.
Apparently alcohol can relax the muscles in your throat which makes you more
likely to start snoring, which can not only disturb your sleep, but also disturb
your seat mates. Number 4: Bring a pillow and eye mask. I know a lot of people
swear by neck pillows. To be honest, I can’t seem to get comfortable with them.
However, I will say that a nice pillow and eye mask seems to work really well
for me. If you’re looking for a specific one, I tried a couple but have been
really impressed with the ones from HappyLuxe. Their eye mask and pillow are
extremely high-quality and are made from a super soft MicroModal fabric. The
pillow is bigger than most airline pillows, but it can be compressed into a
small suitcase pocket without any problems, and still retain its shape. The
pillow cover can be washed as well, which is great after being used in a dirty
plane. HappyLuxe also has an interesting backstory. The founder of the company
served as both a commercial and Air National Guard pilot, and she decided to
create products that she felt would help her sleep
while sitting in the plane. I definitely have a soft spot for veteran-owned
businesses, but I honestly feel like their products are a great value for the
money. Number 5: Buckle your seat belt over your blanket
or sweater. Flight attendants are required to verify whether your seat
belt is secured when necessary. To avoid having a flight attendant interrupting
your sleep, I suggest buckling your seat belt on top
of your layers. Number 6: Pick your seat wisely. Window seats toward the center of
the plane are generally the most quiet seats. You definitely want to avoid the
front and last row too as you’ll get the most noise and smells from the galley
and bathrooms. The last row seats usually won’t recline either, which makes it more
difficult to relax, not to mention the line of people who might be waiting to
use a bathroom during the flight. Number 7: Block
sounds. I know a lot of folks swear by noise canceling headphones. I don’t know
if I’ve just not had a good pair or if I’m just too sensitive, but the pressure
on my ears always makes me feel uncomfortable.
Instead I usually rely on some cheap earplugs or earphones that are able to
block out sounds. I’m sure a quality set of noise cancelling headphones would
probably be a lot more effective, but this seems to work really well for me.
Number 8: Consider taking melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone that
helps trigger sleep in your body. I know some people swear by it while others say
it’s all psychological. I’ve taken it a few times on long flights and it does
seem to help me relax. I also use it to help me sleep through the night when I’m
trying to recover from jetlag. It could be completely psychosomatic, but either
way, I seem to get good results from it. I know some folks use alcohol or sleep
medication to help get them through a flight. I’m not recommending it simply
because it doesn’t seem to work for me and I just don’t like the idea of using
a medication to help me get through a flight. Though if a glass of wine can
help you catch some sleep, it’s definitely worth considering. Do you have
any tips or tricks to help you rest on the plane? Also, do you have any devices
that help? I’m still searching for that magical neck pillow. I’m including Amazon
links to some of the products mentioned in this video.
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