Six Tips for Sleep While Traveling By Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Six Tips for Sleep While Traveling By Planes, Trains and Automobiles

When you are used to sleeping in the same bed night after night, a long ride or flight can be a serious adjustment. Whether you’re stuck in an uncomfortable middle seat on an airplane or the passenger seat of a car, getting some rest during transit may seem impossible.

Fortunately, there are ways to make the journey more comfortable and get some much-needed shut-eye! Here are a few tips that’ll help you sleep during long rides and flights:

1) Make sure you’re as comfortable as possible – pick clothes made from breathable materials like cotton, wear layers so you don’t overheat or get cold, and use a good neck pillow. You should also choose snacks wisely – avoid eating anything too sugary or greasy, as those can make you feel sluggish.

2) Block out distractions – do what you can to block out distractions like noise or light while trying to sleep during a long ride. Earplugs and an eye mask are great tools for blocking unwanted sounds and light. And if possible, try to find a seat where you can lean against the wall and relax.

3) Practice relaxation techniques– take slow and deep breaths, and focus on a relaxing word like “calm” or “relax” over and over until you drift off into sleep. It’s also helpful to close your eyes, relax your muscles and visualize a peaceful place in your mind.

4) Get moving– if you have access to a gym on the plane or during layovers at the airport, take advantage of it! Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and fatigue, making it easier to fall asleep.

5) Take some breaks – every few hours, try getting out of your seat and stretching your legs. A quick walk up and down the aisle or standing up to stretch can give you energy and help clear any sleepiness.

6) Consider taking a sleeping aid like melatonin or chamomile tea. These natural remedies can help ensure your sleep is restful and productive – even if it’s spent in an airplane seat!

Happy travels! What tips do you have for sleeping on long rides or flights? Share them with us in the comments below.

Rebecca is the founder of Sightseeing Sidekick travel blog and the publisher of both a lifestyle and a bridal magazine. Living in Northern Virginia, she’s a 50+ mother and grandmother who started travel blogging to share her “new to her” experiences as she has more time to travel. She hopes to “inspire women who previously may not have been able to travel due to career or family obligations to plan, sightsee, and create memories.” You can follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and YouTube