Lots of people would prefer to spend their time on an airplane sleeping, especially if they have an overnight flight, but for many, that’s easier said than done. But there are some things you can do to better improve your chances of getting some shuteye on a flight,
Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is sharing his tips for getting some sleep on a plane, and most of them are fairly simple.
- Put together a sleep kit – Bring with you whatever you may need to help you sleep, with Breus suggesting things like eyeshades, socks, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a comb, plus put meditations and sleep music on your phone.
- Maintain your bedtime ritual – Even if your flight is during the day, if you want to sleep try to mimic what you usually do before bed, like wash your face, or brush your teeth, even if you have to do it in the airport.
- Choose the right seat – The window is your best option if you want to sleep because you can rest your head on the side of the plane, you control if the window is open or shut and you won’t be bothered by your row-mates. Also, if you can get one with extra legroom, even better.
- Watch what you wear and eat – This seems obvious, but dress comfortably in loose layers, and comfy socks and shoes. Plus, stay away from soda and bubbles, and caffeinated beverages before and after the flight.
- Stretch – Make you get a good stretch before and after the flight to protect yourself from soreness.
Source: Best Life
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