How to Catch Some Zzzzs on Your Next Flight
When you travel by plane, whether it's for spring break, business, or summer vacation, you want to arrive at your destination feeling fresh and well rested. If you usually struggle to catch a nap when you fly, you're in good company—but it is possible to sleep comfortably on a plane if you take the right precautions. Here are top strategies from seasoned travelers, all of whom have learned to maximize the potential for a good snooze en route to their destination.
Get some exercise before you take flight
If you work out a few hours before boarding a plane, you'll be comfortably tired; plus, your post-workout body temperature will drop while you're airborne, which will also help set the stage for sounder sleep.
Choose the right seat
If you're flying coach, pick a window seat in an exit row. This way you won't be bothered when your seatmates get up, and you can rest your head against the window. Avoid the galley area, which tends to be the busiest spot on the plane, or seats near the bathrooms, as passengers invariably congregate nearby.
Dress for comfort
Wear loose-fitting clothes that have been treated by a laundry detergent with a soothing scent, and snuggle up in your seat. Since the cabin temperature can fluctuate widely, dress in layers so you can add on or peel off as necessary. Also, bring comfy socks to slip on if your feet tend to get cold.
Bring your own blanket
Bring a soft, cozy throw (and a small travel pillow) that's been washed in a soothing liquid laundry detergent with a calming scent. Consider taking an eye mask to block out light, and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to drown out sounds. Before nodding off, fasten your seat belt over your blanket so the flight attendants won't have to rouse you before landing to check if you're buckled in.
Pack a snack
Bring a bottle of water and munchies that are known to help induce sleep, such as bananas (they contain muscle-relaxing potassium and magnesium), magnesium-rich almonds, or a turkey sandwich, which contains calming tryptophan. Enjoy your food early in the journey so you won't be at the mercy of the flight attendants' scheduled service. Sweet dreams!
- 10 of the Most Haunted Places in New England
- Napa Winery's Garden, A Year-Round Place Of Culinary Inspiration
- Beyond Wine: Sonoma's Chill Food-And-Drink Scene Keeps Growing
- Kenyan Eco-Huts Attract Tourists & Cash
- Top 10 Airlines: In-flight Internet
- Most Hashtagged Cities On Instagram
- How to Catch Some Zzzzs on Your Next Flight
- Pack Like a Pro: Tips for Traveling Light
- Beach Bag Essentials
- The New Face of Noplace, USA
- Europe's Best Public Squares
- Photography Tips for Vacation Travelers
- Travel with a Purpose
- VIP Airport Lounges: Airport Oasis
- Do Airlines Give Best Fares to Search Engines?
- Need a Flight? Just Google It
- Airfare Consolidators: Low Profile but Still Around
- Best Online Tools for Managing Airline Miles
- The Secrets to Successful Travel Bidding
- Game Changer 787, But Whose Game?
- Central America: South of the Border
- Making The Most of Your European Vacation
- Avoiding Lines: The Long and the Short of It
- Preparing For Your European Adventure
- Thrill-Seeking Vacations in Europe
- Insider Secrets to Booking Cheap Airfare
- Led by No-Frills Carriers, Airlines Improve Service
- Pack Light, Even for a Cruise
- Road Trip: Driving in Europe
- Tips for Riding Europe's Subways and Buses
- Mixing Cruising with Independent Travel
- Travel Apps For Last-Minute Vacations
Article: Copyright © 2017, iHaveNet.com
Vacations & Travel "How to Catch Some Zzzzs on Your Next Flight"