This article is designed to help you learn proven tactics to travel comfortably to rest and sleep on your journey.
As an Airline Captain, I’m extremely interested in my passengers’ comfort. I’m also very skilled at sleeping on airplanes.
What? A Pilot who is good at sleeping while flying?
On the long-haul international flights that I fly, we bring an extra pilot. This is so we can rotate out and take rest breaks. We have a crew rest seat in the passenger cabin. I’m very adept at resting in passenger seats.
While on our rest breaks, we take our rest very seriously. That’s because our job is to be at our peak while at the controls. Our 2-3 hour rest break is critical because that is all the rest we get during those over-night flights. You depend on us to be as fresh and alert as possible for the approach and landing. Anything else would be negligent on our part.
That said, there are some travel accessories that will help you get this important sleep enroute. Many crewmembers use these things on our very important rest breaks. I don’t like to leave home without them.
If you are comfortable while traveling, you’ll be much more likely to sleep. Even if you can’t sleep, which is unlikely if you utilize these techniques and recommended travel accessories, you will certainly be more rested.
You can use these strategies and tools to help you travel comfortably and sleep in challenging conditions elsewhere.
If you have a routine you normally go through before going to bed at night, try to do this on the plane too. For example, if you brush your teeth, wash your face, and then read for a few minutes before retiring at home, then do it on the plane too. Studies have proven that this is also helpful for settling in to sleep when you arrive at your destination.
Travel Accessories That Will Help You Rest While Traveling
Travel Pillows I use two. One to support my lower back and one for my head. Without these, I usually can’t sleep on a plane. They’re great for car trips too. I’m a big fan of the ones that wrap around your neck to stabilize your head. They really help you get as comfortable as possible. Without one, your head might flop around, which may wake you up.
Without one of these, I’ve tried leaning against the window. I never seem to get comfortable, and if I am able to sleep, I usually wake up with a very stiff neck or back.
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