Sleeping on a red-eye flight can be very difficult. You’re in a small seat, surrounded by strangers, and breathing in stale airplane air—not exactly the setup for an ideal night’s rest.
Nevertheless, sleeping on a red-eye is crucial if you want to prevent jet lag from ruining your vacation or business trip.
Luckily, there are a few strategies to make resting on the plane a little bit easier. Here’s how to make it happen.
Pick Your Seat Strategically
Window seats are great because you can lean against them for a bit of support while you sleep. If possible, avoid sitting near the front of the cabin, where parents with infants and young kids often sit for the extra space. Also steer clear of the back of the cabin, where people may line up for the bathrooms or flight attendants may be moving around the galley as they prepare meals and drinks.
Don’t Overdo It On Drinks Or Caffeine
Even though a few glasses of wine might make you feel pleasantly sleepy, alcohol is known to interfere with sleep quality. It also has a dehydrating effect, which is bad news when you consider that it’s important to stay hydrated in-flight. When you’re properly hydrated, you’re less likely to wake up feeling thirsty. Finally, stay away from stimulating caffeine (at least until breakfast is served).
Make The Most Of Your Eye Mask And Earplugs
Many airlines will provide these accessories, or you can bring your own. The illusion of a dark, quiet space will make it much easier for you to fall asleep.
Bring Your Own Blanket
If you have space, pack a light blanket or shawl of your own. You’ll feel better wrapping yourself up in something familiar from home—plus, you won’t lie awake wondering whether or not they really wash those blankets between flights.
If You’re Desperate, Splurge On A Lie-Flat Seat
Yes, those incredible lie-flat seats that come with the really expensive tickets really do make it easier to sleep on a plane. As Telegraph travel expert Dr. Richard Dawood says, “Unfortunately, airlines recognise the high premium passengers place on being able to sleep in comfort while they travel.” If it’s absolutely critical that you arrive at your destination well-rested, consider upgrading with miles or paying cash to get a lie-flat of your own.
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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
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