If you want to be sure to close your eyes even before taking off, follow some of our simple tips to sleeping well on airplane.
Traveling is nice, but sometimes we would like to be teleported directly to the destination of our holidays in order not to face a long flight by plane. In fact, you often don’t sleep on the plane. Or you sleep very little. And, between sleepless night and jet lag, you get upset. The first day of vacation we played it because we can’t wait to touch a real bed.
If you want to be sure to sleeping well on airplane even before taking off, follow some of our simple tips. We have listed ten: if you manage to stick to everyone, sleep is assured.
1) Choose the window seat – You will not be disturbed by the movements of the people sitting beside you, but above all the place is wider and has a natural support for the head;
2) Wear comfortable and warm clothing – To fly, wear a pair of soft trousers with elasticated waist and a sweatshirt, they will keep you warm and comfortable in your movements;
3) Recline the back of the chair (but not quite) – Says the President of the Association of Australian Chiropractors, Andrew Lawrence, who explained how the seat should only be slightly inclined, but not entirely. And, for maximum comfort, you should place the pillow, which in long-haul flights is supplied, not to place your face, but your back, positioning it at the base of the spine: in this way, the lumbar curvature is maintained and the pressure on the pelvis is reduced;
4) Wear the mask – The mask is essential to limit the action of light on the eyes (be careful, though, because not all airlines provide it in the amenity kit: bring one from home!);
5) Wear ear plugs – Thanks to the plugs, the noises (chattering neighbors, squealing children, slamming toilet doors …) will be noticeably reduced. A tip: those made of wax are more soundproof than those of rubber (as for the mask, bring them from home);
6) Bring a pillow – You can go around the gates with a bulky polystyrene ball pillow attached to your purse or you can get an inflatable pillow (even if it’s not as effective as the other), but the U-shaped pillow is essential: Dr. Michael Breus, nicknamed “The Sleep Doctor”, the leading expert in the field of sleep quality, explained how to use the travel pillow correctly: on the contrary to what you think, the open part must be positioned behind the neck, since the head – when we fall asleep – tends to go up and down, making us wake up. In this way it is held steady, and sleep is much more restful;
7) Eat light meals – In spite of the cliché that if you eat so much you sleep, Dr. David Hamer, professor of Medicine and Health at the University of Boston and head of the Boston Medical Center mobile clinic, suggests eating only when you feel the urge to go hungry and not do it by looking at your watch;
8) Avoid alcohol – According to Hamer, wine helps, provided it is taken in small quantities. No more than one or two glasses per flight. Alcohol also has the disadvantage of causing water retention, responsible for legs, ankles and swollen feet in an airplane;
9) Also avoid coffee – Since caffeine has an exciting effect, if you want to sleep it is better not to drink it, even the watered-down one that the flight attendants need. The coffee – says Hamer – is recommended only if you are near the landing;
10) Put away tablets and smartphones – Using a smartphone or tablet prevents the mind from finding the ideal conditions to rest.