Even for the most well-seasoned travelers, getting quality sleep on a long-haul flight can be difficult for a slew of reasons ranging from uncomfortable seats, to loud noises and unwanted light. Here are the top tips and tricks to combat roadblocks, and to arrive at your destination feeling well-rested.
1. Consider the Timing of the Flight
Before booking a flight, consider the departure and arrival times. While it can be tempting to save a few dollars, we suggest booking a flight that departs around the time you would normally fall asleep. For instance, if you have the choice between an overnight flight departing at 9 p.m. or 11 p.m., we suggest booking the flight closest to your regular bedtime to align with your biological clock. This is especially crucial if you have exciting or important plans on the following days.
2. Splurge on Upgraded Seating
If getting a good night’s rest is most important to you, splurging on First Class is well-worth the price tag on a long-haul flight. In most cases, the First Class cabin is equipped with lie-flat seats, offering privacy and additional space to stretch. Premium Economy is a less expensive option that also offers extra legroom, more space to recline and even wider seats.
3. Aim for a Window Seat
Even in the main cabin, not all seats are created equal. If you can, book a window seat for the head rest, to prop a pillow on. By the window, you’ll also have control over light exposure and won’t have to worry about being disrupted by other passengers moving in and out of the aisle.
4. Consider an Eye Mask or Noise-Cancelling Headphones
You may or may not be comfortable sleeping in an eye mask on a regular basis, but it can be quite helpful while sleeping on a flight. Investing in a high-quality eye mask will allow you to block out all the distractions and unwanted light from the sun and in-flight entertainment screens. Noise-cancelling headphones will also help eliminate distractions and unwanted noise from other passengers and the plane itself.
5. Dress Comfortably
When flying, comfort is always more important than style. Opt for cozy clothing with lots of layers to prepare for the unpredictability of airplane temperatures. And for the trendy jet-setter, who values both style and comfort, opt for a matching lounge set!
6. Do Your Best to Unwind and Relax
Even the most frequent flier may have trouble sleeping on planes — between the uncomfortable seats, noises, and even just the excitement of traveling to a new destination, it can be difficult to get much-needed quality rest. Drink water, eat a comforting snack, listen to calming music and unwind to the best of your ability so you can enjoy all the adventures to come at your new destination.