If you are never able to sleep during the flight, this post is for you.
Here is my collection of helpful tips, arranged from easiest to achieve to hardest:
- Neck pillow
- Eye mask / Sleep mask
- Ear plugs / Noise cancelling headphones
- No alcohol or caffeine
- Better seats (exit row seats for extra legroom or premium seats).
- Upgrade to business class – I know, it’s not the best value for money.
However, this may be a solid choice for a long overnight flight, especially if upgrading will not cost 4-5 times more). And there is even more to that … once you get the taste of being able to lie down flat during a flight, you never ever want to go back to economy, haha!
What people say on Reddit
I have a Bluetooth sleep mask which I pair to a white noise app on my phone. Blow up travel neck pillow cause I pack light. Cape for blanket. Indica gummy and either Benadryl or a benzo if you have them. A shot of Woodford Reserve and I’m out for the duration.LongtimeLHVLurker
I’ve never been able to sleep on an airplane either. When I have, it’s been a combination of a very long flight (over 10 hours) , a window seat, a small pillow, ear plugs, and lack of sleep before flying. I’ve had 14 hour flights when I wasn’t able to sleep at all.ithacaster
Get a window seat if you can. Bring a small packable travel pillow, lean against it. Sleep mask, noise-cancelling headphones help.
It also helps to get some good, outdoor exercise earlier in the day. Try to go out for a vigorous walk, get plenty of oxygen and try to tire yourself out a bit.
Eat lightly the day or two before, and eat lightly on the plane, too.ThaneOfCawdorrr
I am a guy over 6′ tall and have come up with a pretty good method. For my carry on I always bring my large backpack that is sort of overstuffed. Depending on where I’m flying, I’ll either have a coat or a blanket in my bag (which is important). After take off I put my bag on my lap, place my coat or blanket on top of my bag, and sleep on top of my bag like a pillow. I got the idea after seeing some inflatable pillow that does the same thing in a skymall. It’s the only way I can sleep on a plane and has worked pretty well since. Give it a try.pagnoodle
If this sounds too simple and generic or you have already tried all ot these tricks to get a better sleep on the plane (except for flying business class), I’ve got a few more tips:
- Have a scarf or blanket to keep warm on the head, shoulders, knees, and … toes.
- Be tired! This makes your sleep perfect during the flight.
- Try relaxation techniques: Deep breathing or meditation
- Listen to calming music or white noise.
- Check out foot hammocks!
- Consider sleep aids: Consult with a healthcare professional before using any medication or natural sleep aids.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before and during your flight to stay hydrated, but avoid drinking large amounts close to bedtime to minimize trips to the restroom.
- Get up and stretch: Take short walks and stretch your legs to promote circulation and reduce stiffness.
- Accept that you won’t get any sleep 😀
I also really liked this step-by-step instruction by some random guy on Reddit:
- Board the plane and get comfy (as much as possible).
- Watch a movie once you’ve taken off.
- Wait for dinner while watching the movie.
- Eat dinner. Have one or two drinks – enough to make you drowsy, but not enough to cause a hangover or severe dehydration.
- After dinner, take 10mg of Melatonin, which usually takes about half an hour to take effect. You can also go for Benadryl night or Gravol.
- After half an hour, put on your neck pillow, eye mask, and blanket; turn on your noise-canceling headphones; and recline your seat as far back as possible.