Flights are a long process, be it short or long haul, but do you struggle to fall asleep and end up landing at your destination feeling sluggish?
It happens to many of us and it can be frustratingly annoying if no matter how long you try to get some shut eye, you can’t get comfortable. This then leads to several nights of playing catch-up once you arrive at your final destination.
Falling asleep on the plane can be trickier for some more than others, however, there are actually 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 can have peace and quiet 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, leggings, oversized jumpers 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, socks or even a foot mask 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
A great facial mist is always recommended; 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. Changing into your pyjamas, brushing your teeth and removing makeup by 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 pancake 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.