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How to get good Sleep on a plane!

  • 25 June 2016
  • By Alphonse Reddy

Missing your mattress as you make way for a mid night flight, all weary? Take heart, there are ways to get cosy even in your temporary aboard in the skies.

We all have been through the agony of waiting to plunge into our seats and doze off after all the waiting and odd arrival hour, only to be peeved by the bright lights, space constraint especially leg space and all the intermittent noises. Those who are even more unfortunate might find themselves subjected to bawling kids, a snoring neighbor or continuously nudged by the lot teeming up for the loo.

Well, while the food is nothing much to look forward to, the mini bar on trolley definitely seeks our consideration and even seduces us into giving in. With all such distractions, getting to sleep is certainly a mammoth task.

From time to time, we may doze off as it is after all far past sleep time and the creeping weariness has us comatose, but doctors contend it is very shallow sleep and more so owing to the fall in oxygen levels.

Given the circumstances, here are some practical Ways to steal Better Sleep mid air:

  1. 1) Book smartly. You could book a seat online, even before getting to the Airport. While it may seem tedious, it will also save your time at the queue. Ensure you are nowhere near the loo or pantry and preferably have a window seat for more privacy. For maximum leg space, emergency exit rows are known to have the best seats. 
  2. 2) You could get yourself a mask. Nowadays masks have gone fashionable. Now you can just order online and even get one that reads, “Wake me up only for champagne”! 
  3. 3) Travel neck pillows too extend more comfort as you doze. Especially for those stuck in the middle seat. A memory foam pillow is quite the rage. 
  4. 4) I know this sounds tough, but as far as possible avoid alcohol and coffee as they will only further hamper the quality of your sleep. 
  5. 5) Get a pair of compression socks that help prevent deep-vein thrombosis in air passengers and regulate blood flow 
  6. 6) Switch off the entertainment screen so the flashing light doesn’t disturb you. However you could consider listening to soothing music such as classical or instrumental. All flights usually have a Schubert rendition.

Good sleep is an aim, worth striving for at all times —provided only by the best mattress online—as the give back is multifold!


Thanks for such useful tips. Nothing like a good night’s sleep!


Thanks for such useful tips. Nothing like a good night’s sleep!


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