It’s no secret—if you sleep on your flight, you’ll likely feel more refreshed when you arrive. Getting to sleep has always seemed to be a guarded secret of seasoned flyers. However, you can join this exclusive flight club with these time-tested sleep strategies culled from expert air travelers. So buckle up, because we’re about to stamp your passport to Slumbertown!
Bring Your Own Comforts of Home
Bring a soft, cozy throw and a small travel pillow that have been washed in your favorite Unstopables™ In-Wash Scent Booster. The air in passenger planes is very dry and can suck the pleasant smell out of even the plushest fabric at Mach speeds, so an extra boost of indulgent scent is definitely needed. Traveling can be hectic—if you don’t remember to wash your blanket or pillow, spray it with Unstopables Fabric Refresher before you leave home. Also, consider taking an eye mask to block out light and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to drown out sounds. Before nodding off, fasten your seat belt over your blanket so the flight attendants won’t have to wake you to check that it’s fastened. Finally, if you’re in an aisle seat, position yourself so that your legs stay out of the walkway; otherwise, you risk the dreaded drink-cart-to-kneecap wakeup call.
Get Some Exercise Before You Take Flight
If you work out a few hours before boarding a plane, you’ll be comfortably tired; plus, your post-workout body temperature will drop while you’re airborne, which also will help set the stage for sounder sleep. (And no, getting frisked by the TSA does not count as exercise.)
Choose the Right Seat
If you’re flying coach, pick a window seat in an exit row. This way you won’t be bothered when your seatmates get up, and you can rest your head against the window—it’s harder than your neighbor’s shoulder, but it won’t complain if you drool on it. Avoid the galley area, which tends to be the busiest spot on the plane, or seats near the bathrooms, as passengers invariably congregate nearby.
Dress for Comfort
Wear loose-fitting clothes that have just been washed and dried to maximize your fragrance comfort. The cabin temperature can fluctuate widely, so dress in layers that you can adjust as necessary. Also, bring comfy socks to slip on if your feet tend to get cold.