Many of our guests at Mountain Trek travel for work and spend a lot of time in hotels, at airports, and on airplanes. When enduring cross-continental flights, it can feel impossible to sleep on the plane.
Sleeping on a flight has its challenges, but there are a few best practices that can help you get some rest between runways. First, don’t force sleep if it’s the middle of the day and you aren’t changing timezones as it will disrupt your circadian rhythm and make it harder to sleep that night. If you are on a night flight or are traveling through timezones, here are some hints to get some shut-eye.
4 Practices to Get to Sleep on an Airplane
Get a good seat
Although booze is a muscle relaxant and depressant, it disrupts our rapid eye movement sleep and lowers the quality of our rest. Try a herbal tea instead.
Eye pillows and earplugs
Come equipped with your own supply. Specialty earplugs and a good eye pillow will block out the too most difficult environmental interruptions; light and noise.
The best position for your body, from a spinal perspective, is to have the seat reclined as there is less direct loading on the lumbar. Next, bring something to pad the lumbar curve (like the extra sweater in your carry-on) and a neck pillow as it will prevent total collapse of the neck. Lastly, stow your carry-on above you to give your legs room to stretch out and avoid cramping.
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