I can sleep anywhere and I excel at sleeping on planes.
I’m sorry for those of you cannot, like my brother. He was headed to Dublin for the weekend and he was like “Chel, I can never sleep on planes. You do it all the time. Give me some tips. THANKS”. So I starting thinking, how exactly should you attempt to sleep on planes? My go to method is drugz (aka Advil PM) but since everyone isn’t ready to be deliriously tired for 3 more hours after their flight, I thought of some other tips to help get you that much needed beauty sleep.
Tip #1: Try to snag the window seat so you have something to rest your head on. I always bring my own pillow and some sort of blanket because the germs on planes make me cringe so I just bring my own stuff. If you’re not lucky enough to get the window seat I learned this great (but weird) trick for keeping your head up. Take a scarf or long piece of clothing and legit tie your head to the seat. You look like an idiot but WHO CARES because your neck will be happy.
Tip #2: Headphones. I prefer noise canceling headphones because I swear to you there is a screaming child on every single flight I take and they cry the whole damn time. So I repeat, headphones. Drown out the crying, coughing and random conversations. I’m weird and enjoy listening to white noise like birds or waterfalls.
Tip #3: Honestly this one kind of sucks but drinking on the plane will not put you to sleep. You’d think that a nice glass of red would relax you enough to go to sleep, but, you wrong. Flying dehydrates you from the start and so does the booze. It’s hard for your body to rest comfortably when you’re very dehydrated. Stick to H2O.
Tip #4: Recline your seat as far as it’ll go. Some people feel bad about the person behind them, but you shouldn’t. Just do it.
Tip #5: I’m going to be super obvious here but wear comfortable clothes. I don’t enjoy sleeping in real people clothes unless I’m coming home from the bar at 5am and I don’t have the energy to change, then I really enjoy sleeping in my clothes. But other than that, leggings, sweatshirts, socks, scarves are all better options for plane comfort. Planes are really freaking cold too so dress warm so you can fall asleep.
Tip #6: Advil PM
or you can just splurge for that first class ticket and you’ll most likely have a bed with clean pillows and blankets. #yassss #$$$$$$
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