7 tips for sleeping on a plane

young man sleeping on a plane in the window seat

Before you board a plane, read these tips from Bustle.com to help you sleep during your journey so you arrive rested and refreshed.

  1. Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol. They can keep you up throughout the flight.
  2. Opt for the window seat. It gives you a place to rest your head, and you’re less likely to be disrupted by others getting up and down.
  3. Bring your own blanket. Not every airline offers blankets, so it’s a good idea to toss a small, thin one into your bag.
  4. Adjust your sleep schedule. Try to plan your flight to sync with your biological schedule. Also, a few days before your flight, go to bed earlier and wake earlier to help your body get adjusted.
  5. Buckle your seatbelt over your blanket. If flight attendants can see your seatbelt, they won’t need to wake you to check during takeoff, landing or turbulence.
  6. Turn off your TV screen. The same rule that applies in your bedroom pertains to planes, too. Artificial light interrupts the production of melatonin.
  7. Take off your shoes and put on cozy socks. You’ll feel more comfortable, and it will be better for your circulation.
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