Falling asleep on the plane can be trickier for some more than others. In long haul flights especially, not getting any shut-eye can leave you feeling sluggish. While a few lucky few can pass out easily, the attempt of gaining quality in flight sleep proves a struggle. This then leads to several nights of playing catch-up once you arrive at your final destination.
There are a few tried and tested methods that can leave you feeling well rested after a long flight. Christabel Majendie, resident sleep expert at Naturalmat has revealed the ones that work so you rest en route.
1) Comfort is key
“Long flights can provide a lot of discomfort so it is best to do everything you can to sleep. If you want to achieve a snooze, comfort is in your clothes. Elasticated waistbands, joggers, oversized hoodies and flight socks will provide you will the ultimate satisfaction. It is also best to use noise-cancelling headphones and choose a window-seat near the front of the plane, this way you won’t get distracted by people moving around.”
2) Remove irritation
“If you want to sleep the last thing you need is for your feet to swell up in uncomfortable shoes making you feel irritated so it is best to give them some breathing space, change into slippers or socks and you will be asleep in no time. Also stay away from the light of reading lights, movie screens and cabin lights by wearing an eye mask – it will make the world of difference.”
3) Stay fresh, feel fresh
“I would recommend a great facial mist; this makes you feel ready to doze off as you won’t be sweating or uncomfortable but instead fresh. The Hydrating Mist from Colorescience UK provides your skin with a burst of moisture ready for that long-haul flight.
4) Routine is key
“It might sound farfetched but sticking to your routine will prep your body for sleep. Brushing your teeth and washing your face can put your brain into the right mindset. If you read before bed or listen to a podcast, then do this as it signals your brain that it is time for sleep.”
5) Window sit win
“If you can reserve a window seat, lean against and rest your head on the side of the plane as it is a lot easier than trying to fall asleep upright. Also a window seat gives you control over light exposure.”
6) Take your own pillow
“If you don’t have a window seat and have to sit upright then a neck pillow is actually very helpful and much better than a flat style pillow which might be given to you. This way you avoid neck cramps.”
7) Scent time
“The power of smell is far more potent than you think. Hand cream or essential oils which have sleep-inducing properties can help you to relax and unwind. Scents that have a strong link with aiding sleep include lavender, vetiver, chamomile and sandalwood. Rub some on the back of your neck and dab a small amount on your pulse points for inner calm.”
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