Long flights can feel exhausting especially when coupled with layovers and time changes. Not everyone can fall asleep under these circumstances. This can prove frustrating, and can result in stressful travel.
Imagine walking onto the plane, finding the assigned seat, getting set up, and being able to fall asleep for the next several hours depending on your destination. Wouldn't that be a dream come true?
Here are five tips to help you snooze like a baby when traveling by air.
1) Talk with your health care provider.
Many people cannot sleep because they cannot relax. There are sleep and anxiety medications that may be a good option for you, depending on the length of your flight.
A long flight to Europe or Asia can be the perfect candidate for a four-hour or eight-hour prescription. There are certain supplements that may help induce relaxation such as magnesium, melatonin, chamomile and lavender. These may be a better option, depending on your health history and the length of your flight.
2) Pack your carry-on carefully.
Make sure you have what you need when you travel. This may include headphones, earplugs, eye mask, neck pillow, medication or supplements, extra batteries, phone charger, snacks, books and music. There is nothing worse than getting onto a plane and realizing you have forgotten your headphones, or having them die within minutes of take-off.
The length of your flight (or flights) will dictate how you pack. The needs for a 12-hour flight to Asia will be different than those for a two-hour connector flight.
3) Find the right seat.
This will depend on your personal preference for aisle or window (nobody likes the middle seat — let’s be honest). Window seats allow a person to lean their body against something with a pillow, however it can induce claustrophobia in people who might feel trapped.
Your idea of the ideal seat may also be affected by other factors, such as your height. Try asking for upgrades or the emergency row for extra leg room in order to stretch out.