From Red-Eyes to Refreshed: Mastering the Art of Sleeping on a Plane

From Red-Eyes to Refreshed: Mastering the Art of Sleeping on a Plane
Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
October 16th 2023

Hello, sleep-deprived wanderlusters!

We’ve all been there: that irresistible flight deal that only comes with a tiny, inconvenient catch—flying through the night. While you’ve saved on airfare, you often land feeling like a disheveled mess. Fear not! We’ve got you covered.

Here’s your ultimate guide to snoozing soundly and stepping off the plane looking and feeling radiant.

1. Dress for Comfort

Your tight jeans might look fantastic in the airport lounge, but will they be as forgiving when you’re four hours into your flight? Opt for loose-fitting clothing, breathable fabrics, and layers. Remember: you can always change just before landing to look your best.

2. Invest in a Good Neck Pillow

Yes, they might look a tad goofy, but a neck pillow is your best friend when you’re trying to catch some Zs in the sky. Memory foam options are best as they mold to your neck, ensuring you won’t wake up with an unexpected crick.

3. Block Out the World

Eye masks and earplugs will become your cherished in-flight companions. They help block out cabin lights, chatty neighbors, and that pesky baby crying three rows ahead. Bonus points if you can get noise-cancelling headphones!

4. Choose Your Seat Wisely

An aisle seat might be convenient for bathroom trips, but if sleep is your priority, the window is where it’s at. Lean against it, use it as a prop, and never be disturbed by the person next to you making frequent pit stops.

5. Hydrate & Snack Smart

While that free wine might seem tempting, alcohol can disturb your sleep cycle. Opt for water, herbal teas, or hydrating drinks. Avoid caffeine and heavy meals. Pack snacks like almonds or fruit, which can help induce sleepiness.

6. Set the Mood

Inform your seatmate that you’re planning to sleep so they can minimize disturbances. Use the overhead vents to keep cool, and set your seat to its most comfortable recline. If you’re in control of the overhead lights, dim them for an ambiance conducive to sleep.

7. Tech-Assisted Relaxation

Use apps like Calm or Headspace which offer meditative music or stories designed to send you off to sleep. Just make sure to download them before the flight to avoid any Wi-Fi hiccups!

8. Mind Your Feet

Consider compression socks if you’re prone to swollen feet or deep vein thrombosis. For utmost comfort, slip off your shoes but ensure you have a pair of socks on—it can get chilly at 35,000 feet!

9. Skip the Screens

The blue light emitted by screens can mess with your circadian rhythms. If you’re serious about sleep, resist the allure of in-flight entertainment and keep devices stowed away.

10. Move It Before You Snooze It

Before settling down, do a few stretches at your seat or walk down the aisle. It helps circulation and relaxes your muscles.

11. Respect Others

Just as you’d like a peaceful environment, ensure you’re courteous to others. Use headphones, avoid reclining your seat during meal times, and always check behind you before reclining to avoid any laptop or beverage mishaps.


With these tips in hand, red-eye flights no longer need to be the stuff of nightmares. So, the next time you see a wallet-friendly overnight flight deal, you can click ‘book’ confidently, knowing you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fresh and ready for adventure.

Until our next travel escapade, sleep tight and dream of your next destination!

Vanesa Lucero
Vanesa Lucero
Hey there, fellow adventurers! I'm Vanesa, your enthusiastic explorer and storyteller extraordinaire. Join me as we uncover hidden treasures, immerse ourselves in vibrant cultures, and embark on wild adventures across the globe. Let's conquer bucket lists, embrace the unknown, and make unforgettable memories together. Welcome to my travel wonderland!