Jet lag can be difficult to handle, but here are tips to easily and effortlessly fall asleep on a plane.
- Bring a sleeping mask or baseball cap
On most red-eye flights, they’ll dim the lights during the flight. However, there can still be quite a bit of light in the cabin from the bathrooms or from people who have a reading light on. For this reason, I highly recommend bringing a sleeping mask or a baseball cap with you on your flights. That little bit of extra darkness goes a long way.
- Wear comfortable clothes
Yes, this sounds obvious but a lot of people wear tight, professional clothes on a plane and then wonder why they’re so uncomfortable and can’t fall asleep.
A t-shirt and a sweater and perfect flight clothes. Few go into the bathroom on the plane and change into pajamas once we’re cruising at 30,000 feet.
- Bring a travel pillow if you don’t like the pillows provided on the plane.
And here’s a cool tip if you’re unlucky enough to get the middle seat: Wear your travel pillow backwards. This allows you to rest your chin on the pillow which keeps your spine in a proper alignment and avoids you getting off your flight with a sore neck.
- Drink plenty of water before you get on the plane
We feel most comfortable when the humidity around us is 40 to 70%. Yet, in an aircraft cabin, the humidity falls to 20%. This lack of humidity can lead us feeling dehydrated and leave us with a sore throat or nose.