How To Get Sleep On Long Flights

December 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Are you one of the many of long distance fliers who has trouble sleeping on planes?

Your seatmate is out like a light before the plane even takes off, while you sit wide awake hour after hour. So, what do you do?

First, recognize that when you travel across multiple time zones, your body’s internal clock gets out of sync. This can effect your daily sleep and wakefulness rhythms, resulting in sluggishness and diminished performance. There are definite advantages to sleeping on long flights. Here are a few tips:

1. Get plenty of exercise and rest prior to your flight and maintain a nutritious diet. The healthier you feel, the better you’ll be able to sleep.

2. If you have difficulty sleeping on flights, consider taking a sleep aid (though we recommend consulting your physician first).

3. When flying be sure to:

  • Drink plenty of water, while avoiding large meals, alcohol and caffeine.
  • Move around the cabin periodically to promote circulation in both the body and brain.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.

4. If you can’t sleep, sit quietly with your eyes closed. While you won’t get the all the benefits of a good night’s sleep, you will be somewhat rested.

May we also suggest Austin House’s line of Travel Comfort Essentials? Austin House, a leading brand of travel accessories, features a variety of items ideal for long distance travelers in need of rest:

  • Super Soft Blanket – Simply remove the “2 in 1” blanket and pillow set from the pouch, inflate the pillow and use the pouch as your pillow case
  • Inflatable Lower Back Support Pillow – Supports the lumbar region, reducing discomfort.
  • Inflatable Neck Pillow – Supports the neck, easing fatigue.
  • Ear Plugs With Carry Case – Reduce surrounding noise for a more restful sleep.
  • Eye Shade And Ear Plugs – For a light and sound-free rest.
  • Inflatable Velour Neck Pillow & Eye Shades – Super-soft pillow supports head while eye shades reduce light.
  • Pressure-Less Earplanes – These specially designed ear plugs relieve air pressure during take-offs and landing, which can lead to sleeplessness.

Whether you’re traveling on business or for pleasure, you don’t want to be groggy when you reach your destination. With a little planning and common sense, you can arrive well rested.

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