Sleeping well on the plane is impossible for many. At least, that's what they think. Have a long flight ahead of you? Do you hate long flights? Trouble sleeping on the plane? Don't worry, with these 5 tips even you can sleep well on the plane! It may take some preparation, tools and discipline, but anyone can do it. I myself never slept a wink in an airplane before, but many hours of flying experience later I eventually became quite good at it. You can read how I do that below.
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1. Book a night flight!
Night flights are less popular and I don't understand why. Night flights are usually cheaper and you are also really tired when you get on the plane. Your biological clock wants to sleep on the plane instead of being awake. During night flights the lights go out more often, it is dark and people simply sleep a lot more than during a day flight. Everything around you is less disturbing, which in turn helps me fall asleep more easily and stay asleep. Never booked a night flight before? I would say give it a try!
2. Earplugs, Headphones and Eye Masks
Light and sound keep you awake or wake you up faster. These cheap earplugs are suitable for airplanes (work pressure regulating) and also filter a large part of the noise. Then you also have the constantly improving noise canceling headphones† These headphones are equipped with technology that actively filters out noises from outside up to 99%. You have to experience it to believe it! Put on some soothing music and the recipe for a good night's sleep is complete. If you are looking for noise-canceling headphones with good reviews, take a look at bestu.nl where they regularly test and evaluate headphones extensively.
Now that you have chosen a good pair of headphones, make it complete by using another eye mask. Light is annoying when you want to sleep and if you have a bit of humor, buy a nice wrong eye mask from the fop or erotic shop. You will notice that everyone will leave you alone!
3. Eat a lot, drink less
Food makes you tired. Especially from these 6 types of food do you get very tired, so handy for on the plane. Take a nap after every meal. Delicious! Now is the best time to try and sleep, use that. Make sure you drink enough, but definitely not too much. You sleep very lightly on the plane and therefore wake up more often in between. Nothing is more annoying than having to pee every time, which completely breaks up your sleep and makes it difficult to fall asleep again afterwards.
4. Watch documentaries on the plane
Nature and cosmos documentaries are super fascinating, but can also be very sleep-inducing. Documentaries in which you have a lot of dark images and see stars and planets, in particular, work well to induce sleep. Did you know that scientific research has shown that stargazing induces a kind of natural sleep? For tens of thousands of years, our ancestors looked at the stars before going to sleep. It's baked into our DNA in the same way that, say, babies are afraid of animals with large teeth, or humans are naturally afraid of large spiders.
5. Sleeping aids or travel pills
Many people use strong painkillers or sleeping pills on the plane. Lighter pain relievers also work well for most people. Even something as simple as a paracetamol or ibuprofen. Some homeopathic sleeping aids also prove very popular among travelers. I myself sleep very well with travel pills which are actually intended against nausea at sea or during a long bus ride. No idea why, but it works for me. An old-fashioned tasty Dutch joint or CDB oil beforehand also works wonders for many people. Whatever works for you! Of course, consult your doctor and pay attention to the laws and regulations.