With summer fast approaching, it’s time to pack those suitcases and get ready for a jolly holiday. But where should you jet off to? While choosing a holiday destination, many of us shy away from long-haul flights, worried about having to endure hour after hour of sleeplessness. Lack of leg room, lights blaring from hundreds of different screens, people climbing over you to go to the toilet; these are just some of the challenges sleepy travellers face while on board a plane. It sounds like a nightmare, but with our top tips you’ll sleep like a dream.
1. Pack a neck pillow
When embarking on a long-haul flight, make sure you have a neck pillow in your arsenal. Why? With comfort and support all rolled into one, this simple travel accessory can help you to fall asleep fast and wake up refreshed.
2. Cut down on carry-on luggage
The more luggage you bring onto the plane with you, the greater the chance that some of it will end up under your feet. As if planes weren’t cramped enough, luggage restricting your legroom is really not conducive to a restful sleep. So, what can you do? To overcome this issue, try to fit all of your travel essentials in a single bag, limiting the amount of carry-on luggage you bring on board.
3. Make flight attendants aware
Eyelids feeling heavy? Struggling to hold back the yawns? Sounds like you’re going to drift off to sleep any minute now. If you don’t want to be woken up every time the snack cart comes past or the seat belt sign comes on, it’s time to put up the metaphorical ‘do not disturb’ sign. The best way to ensure your sleep isn’t disturbed is to buckle up (make sure your belt is fastened over your blanket) and notify the flight attendants that you’re about to snuggle down and catch some zzz’s.
4. Drink plenty of water
According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the best ways to sleep on a plane is to stay hydrated. While cruising through the clouds at 35,000 feet, the humidity on board is low, causing you to feel dehydrated and interfering with your sleep. To keep your body sleep ready, keep yourself hydrated by sipping water regularly throughout the flight.
5. Lights out
In addition to their association with medical issues such as depressions, obesity, breast and prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease, artificial lights are known to affect our sleep. To ensure a good few hours of kip on a plane abundant with electronic gadgets, put on your best flying friend, the eye mask. Cheap and cheerful, eye masks are known to be one of the most effective sleeping aids, blocking out light, elevating the body’s levels of melatonin (the hormone responsible for controlling sleep) and promoting sleep.
6. Shotgun a window seat
OK, so the principles of ‘shotgun’ don’t apply to planes, but you get my drift. When reserving your seat on a long-haul flight, book yourself one near the window! Why? There are two main reasons why sitting in the window seat is awesome. Firstly, it means you can lean against and rest your head upon the side of the plane (much better than trying to sleep sitting upright!) and secondly, it means no more disruptions when your neighbour fancies getting up! Win, win!
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