Experts’ tips for sleeping on planes including choosing a window seat

It's finally the school summer holidays meaning plenty of us are booked to jet off abroad.

After several years of restrictions and lockdowns more Brits are going on their dream long-haul holidays or picking up where they left off with rescheduled trips.

But while going far and wide may be exciting it can also mean being stuck on a plane for hours (or if you're heading to Australia, nearly a whole day).

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To combat the boredom many holidaymakers choose to fly out on a red eye meaning they can try and get some kip while flying.

But, when flying in economy that's not always easy – but there are things you can do to make it more likely that you'll get 40 winks.

Check out MattressNextDay’s expert tips to make sleeping easier when flying abroad…

Block out the noise

Noise from people in the airport and from inside the plane itself can get loud, so it is important to avoid any sound disturbing sleep by blocking it out. Bring some earplugs to help get some rest.

Alternatively, invest in some quality noise cancelling headphones, to either completely remove outside noise, or to listen to soft music to help fall asleep.

Wear an eye mask

Wearing an eye mask will help to replicate the nighttime by blocking out any harsh lighting from the plane and airport which would otherwise disturb sleep.

Use a neck pillow

Bringing a neck pillow onto the plane is a popular way to ensure good sleep. It is important to keep the head and neck fully supported to get a comfortable sleep on the plane.

Plan in advance

When booking a flight, especially ones which are long-haul, choose a seat which is next to the window.

This way, the blind can be shut and you can rest your head on the side of the plane. If possible, pick a flight time which is during the night to have a more natural sleep pattern.

Get comfortable

Optimise good sleep whilst waiting in the airport, and on the flight, by being comfortable. Pack a warm jumper, blanket and socks and wear extra snug clothes. Getting comfortable makes for a better sleep.

Stay secure

It is difficult to fall asleep worrying about any potential for luggage to get stolen. Keep all belongings close and valuables hidden away.

Ask a family member or friend to watch the luggage if you’re taking a nap, or as a solo traveller in the airport, put your feet up over the baggage.


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