Sleeping on a plane is never easy … unless youre

first_imgSleeping on a plane is never easy … unless you’re lucky enough to be flying up the pointy end! Here are some tips from HCF on ways to get maximum sleep, while enduring minimum discomfort.Try to get a non-stop flight. Disembarking is very disruptive to catching some zeds.Schedule your flight later in the day so you’re not fighting your body clock.Choose an unpopular flight time, such as Tuesday evening, to increase your chances of being seated in an otherwise empty row, which means you can stretch out.Try and get a seat in an emergency exit row for extra leg room and ideally next to the window, which gives you one less neighbour to contend with.Try to sit closer to the front of the plane, which is quieter. Seats nearer the galley and bathrooms are subject to more foot traffic.Bring comfy bottoms such as track pants and wool socks. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude head to the bathroom to brush your teeth and slip into something more comfortable.Buckle your seat belt over your travel blanket to avoid crew waking you up to check you’re strapped in. If you can score an extra blanket ,roll it up for extra back support.Wear a sleeping mask to block light and get a sense of privacy.Wear earplugs or noise cancelling headphones help reduce background noiseInvest in a good quality travel pillow and wear it with the gap at the back so your neck is fully supported when your head droops.Over the counter or prescription sleep aids can help you get to sleep but take care not to mix them with alcohol.Set a quiet alarm for 30 to 45 minutes before you’re scheduled to land so you can change back into business attire and get organised ahead of the rush. Source: HCF Stay Fit & Well newsletter, from an original article on