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Sleeping on the plane during long flights is the perfect way to pass time and recharge your batteries somewhat before reaching your destination. But getting the rest you need while flying can be challenging.

Even if you’re in first class or business class and have sumptuous seats that recline into lie-flat beds, getting some shut eye is not always so simple. If you’re wondering how to sleep on the plane, take note of the following long-haul flight tips designed to promote relaxation and help you reach the land of the nod.

Get comfortable

Especially if you’re used to spacious king-size beds with down comforters, luxurious linen and plumped-up pillows, getting comfortable enough to sleep on the plane can seem impossible. There are a few ways to increase the comfort factor though. Wearing flexible, breathable travel clothes that soothe your skin with cosy softness and don’t restrict you when in a sleeping position is important.

Having a travel pillow that’s right for you also makes a huge difference. Plane pillows usually consist of one small square, so if you prefer more head support, it’s well worth bringing your own travel pillow on board as well. There are many different types of travel pillows on the market, so trying a few out beforehand to see which one suits you makes sense. If you haven’t got a lie-flat bed, recline your seat as much as possible.

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Do what you can to quieten your mind and get into a zone of relaxation. Emulating what you do to unwind at home will help with this. So if you usually read a book before bed or have a little nightcap, go through the same motions. Turn off your entertainment system at least half an hour before you want to go to sleep as this will stimulate your brain and keep you too wired.

However, putting on a bit of easy listening music could actually aid your relaxation. In order to have a quiet mind, your surroundings need to be peaceful. Even if it’s the middle of the night and most people are trying to sleep, the passenger next to you could be a loud snorer, a baby could be crying or you could just end up close to inconsiderable people who insist on chatting away loudly. Be prepared with earplugs on standby.

Lights out

Having too many lights on around you disrupts the hormones and brain chemicals that promote proper sleep, so having total darkness is the ideal to aim for. Obviously on a plane, even with lights out in the cabin, it won’t be pitch black and there will still be remnants of light around. You can get around this problem by wearing a blackout eye mask.


Do you have any more travel tips to a share for sleeping comfortably on the plane?