Even if you aren’t on a red-eye to London, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll want to catch a few zzz’s on your next flight. Unfortunately, sleeping on planes is not exactly the easiest task, unless you have one of those fancy lie-flat seats on an international flight. Most of us don’t have that luxury though, which leaves us struggling for ways to get some quality sleep while being confined in a tight place back in economy. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to up your chances of actually getting some sleep on that flight.
Windows Are For Sleepers
If you know in advance that you intend to sleep on the flight, then by all means reserve yourself a window seat. It gives you a place to lay your head against, which prevents that embarrassing moment when you’re sleeping in your seat but your head drops and results in waking you up. A window seats also means that you don’t be disturbed by fellow passengers in your row needing to get up to go to the toilet.
Also make sure that you book your seat so that you can lean against the window with the same side of your body that you normally sleep on. This works to fool your brain into thinking that you’re in a bed and it signals to your body that it is time for snoozing.
Pack for Sleeping
Planes are noisy places to try to catch some shut-eye. And sometimes they are bright, even on those late night flights, since other passengers can use their reading lights. So, if you want to get some sleep, it is important that you pack a few items in your carry-on bag that helps you to achieve this.
The first thing that you’ll want to have with you is a good sleep mask. On those long international flights, the airlines will actually give you a mask in the amenity kit, but it’s not a very high quality one (nor comfortable). So, definitely bring your own travel sleep mask with you. And if you can’t get a window seat, then you may want to consider bringing a neck pillow on board. It will allow you to sleep without your head bobbing around. Sure, it’s not the most attractive thing to wear on the plane, but it will give you better sleep quality.
To block out some of that noise on board, consider bringing along a travel sound machine or loading some white noise apps (like these) onto your smart phone before you get on board. This will give you some nice, soothing sounds to listen to as you fall asleep instead of having to hear the other passengers and flight crew making noise while you attempt to catch some zzz’s. Or, just pop in some ear plugs if you prefer that instead.
Another key to sleeping comfortably on a plane in making sure that the flight attendants can see your seat belt. Once you are finally able to fall asleep, the last thing that you need is to be woken up just because they can’t see that you’re buckled in. So, if you’re using a blanket, fasten the belt on the outside so that the can see it when they do their checks.