SLEEP HACKS FOR A LONG HAUL FLIGHT

SLEEP HACKS FOR A LONG HAUL FLIGHT

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Sleep Hacks for a Long Haul Flight

Happy Saturday everyone!

Long flights can be very uncomfortable, especially if you are unprepared. In a previous GOTS post, we discussed how you can stay fresh during long flights. But since many people spend most of their time sleeping on flights, it’s important to talk about the matter as well.

Seasoned travelers often say that it’s next to impossible to have continuous sleep for hours during a long haul flight, unless you’re flying first class. The tight seat arrangements, turbulence, and noisy passengers as well as crew making their way around make it difficult. But even if there’s little hope in terms of sleep quantity, you can improve your sleep quality with a little help. Here are some hacks that could help improve your sleep while on a flight:

1. Choose the window seat

Before you even get on the plane, you can reserve or request a window seat. This makes it a whole lot easier, since you can lean your head on the side of the plane instead of trying to take a nap in an upright position.

Window seats also grant you control of light exposure. If you’re not flying during the night, keep the window shades closed. The National Sleep Foundation iterates that too much light can hurt your bedtime, since the exposure “stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake.”

In case you aren’t able to reserve a window seat, you can bring a sleeping mask. If your seatmate is inconsiderately keeping the blind up, at least you will be able to block the light out.

2. Wear the neck pillow backwards

An Entrepreneur article stated that using the neck pillow as expected is “not worth schlepping along.” Instead, they suggest wearing it backwards so that your neck stays in place. This prevents you from making those sudden head-jerking movements when you’re asleep.

3. Take natural sleeping aids

Some people take over-the-counter sleeping pills to help them get through a flight. Experts advise against this practice because they contain antihistamines, which have longer effects.

What you could do is take vitamins and nutrients which induce better sleep, according to a blog post by Leesa. To be specific, eat food rich in magnesium which is vital in relaxing muscles and preventing cramps. Potassium also has similar effects and so does calcium, which is another natural body relaxant apart from its bone strengthening properties. This is precisely why a glass of milk is good before bedtime.

4. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing

It can be tempting to be fashionable when traveling, but clothing such as tight jeans and heels may disrupt your sleep. Although, there’s no need to worry as you can still look great even with loose clothing. Opt for clothes with breathable fabrics like cotton, and wear flip-flops or sandals. Conversely, it is also recommended to bring warm socks, since getting cold feet may disrupt your slumber. The rule of thumb is to don clothes that have similarities with your night wear.

5. Skip the video entertainment

Most airlines today come with a large selection of movies and TV shows for passengers to enjoy throughout the flight. If you’re trying to fall asleep, you may want to ignore them altogether. The shows stimulate your brain, keeping you more alert. Plus, the blue light emitted from the screens can decrease your melatonin production, making it harder for you to fall asleep. What you can do is read a book or a magazine, since it is a more calm and relaxing activity.

For more topics on sleep, you can browse through other GOTS blog posts.

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

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Ethan Sykes

51 Responses

  1. Sarah
    | Reply

    Interesting, thanks Magda.

    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Sarah!

  2. Hannah
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    Really insightful article. I always pack my eye mask as I love a good snooze on the plane. 😴

    • Magda
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      Thanks Hannah!

  3. Esther
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    Great tips. I never tried sleeping aids.
    Have a great weekend.

    Love, Esther
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Esther, have a great week!

  4. Cecilie Krog
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    Such a great post!
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Cecilie!

  5. Ania
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    Lovely post dear 😉
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Ania!

  6. Amely Rose
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    thank you for the helpful tips,
    my last long-flight was to iceland, but it was just a 4 yours flight.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Amely Rose, 4 hours is long enough for a good snooze! 🙂

  7. Anya Dryagina
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    Great post dear! Very interesting and useful tips!
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Anya!

  8. Hannah
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    I’m going on a long haul flight soon, so this post is perfect! I’ll be sure to do these, as I always struggle to sleep on planes. Thanks for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • Magda
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      Thanks Hannah, glad to hear that! xx

  9. Stephanie Hartley
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    I always find it fairly easy to sleep on a long haul flight, but some of these ideas would make things SO much easier! I bought a neck pillow for my last one and found it so uncomfortable, but wearing it backwards sounds perfect

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie, so pleased to know you have found these tips useful!

  10. Rubi
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    Great advice Magda, the best is the tip about the comfy clothes!
    x Rubi
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Rubi! xx

  11. Laura Mitbrodt
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    I like the aisle seat because I always have to get up to go pee and get anxious being trapped
    xo
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    • Magda
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      That’s the problem with the window seat, thanks for stopping by Laura! xo

  12. caroline
    | Reply

    I definitely need these tips, I hate flying and never get to sleep 🙂

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

    • Magda
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      I don’t like flying either, it’s best just to sleep through it! Thanks for stopping by Caroline!

  13. Daria
    | Reply

    Films on the plane help me on the contrary. But I never sleep well while flying.

    XO

    Daria

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    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Daria! xo

  14. Rosegal
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    Great tips! I will definitely follow these superb tips. Awesome post.
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    • Magda
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      Thank you!

  15. Kathrine Eldridge
    | Reply

    Thanks for sharing these hacks! Need to keep this in mind for my next trip in January.

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    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Kathrine!

  16. Gemma
    | Reply

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them and have a lovely week.

    Gemma x
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Gemma, have a great week as well! xx

  17. joel moore
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    Great hack tips!

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    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks Joel!

  18. Настя
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    That’s cool. I like your blog. Go to my blog http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

  19. Chelsea
    | Reply

    Yes yes yes to all of these!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

    • Magda
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      Thanks for stopping by Chelsea! xx

  20. MihaBalan
    | Reply

    Great informative post. I always pick the window seat because I like to look out the window but other than that if I flight for more than 3 hours I take the natural sleeping pills which work like a charm.

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    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  21. bonjourchiara
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    If I use a sleeping mask I can really sleep for the entire duration of the flight! xx
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Sleeping masks are great, I use them at home as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. monica sors
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    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Monica! xx

  23. Marisa Cavaleiro
    | Reply

    Nice tips, i ll try to remenber when i go travel…
    xoxo

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    • Magda
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      Thanks Marisa!

  24. Olivia Poncelet
    | Reply

    Love your advices and it makes me wanna travel!!!!
    Have a good evening 🙂
    Olivia Poncelet <3
    http://www.oliviaponcelet.com

    • Magda
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      Thanks Olivia, have a great rest of the week! 🙂

  25. Zorica
    | Reply

    Great tips.
    Thanks for sharing.
    So handy.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
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    • Magda
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      Thanks Zorica! xx

  26. Ben
    | Reply

    Thank you for the tips, really helpful.

    http://www.wonderkicks.ru/

    • Magda
      | Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Ben!

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