Travel Sleep Tips To Be Comfortable and Avoid Jet Lag

Getting a good night’s sleep is a priority for us all (especially as busy parents, right)? But when you got away travelling, it really can be a struggle to achieve. With awkward flight times, jet lag or finding it hard to sleep on a plane, there are a lot of reasons why it is hard to get the all-important sleep that we need when we travel.

‘A fifteen hour flight will be fine’ they said. ‘You’ll just sleep’ they said.

But with the stiff seating, indecisive aeroplane lighting, the airhostesses nudging you with their trolleys and the pilot being overly informative, it’s not as simple to fall asleep as it is in the movies.

Now we can’t change the fact that there might be laddish loud laughter or a crying baby on your flight (sadly, that doesn’t work if it is your own child). However, we can give you comfort, such comfort that your fellow passengers will be green with envy.

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So here are some sleeping tips for aeroplane passengers:

  • Whether on holiday or business, our pillow is often the thing we miss most from home, so why not take one with you on your travels? Try a Tempur travel pillow (and eye mask for that matter) that I have been using recently. it is game changer! It’s designed to fit into small spaces so is fine in your hand luggage, and it is surprisingly lightweight too. Then, when you begin to get sleepy, you can just whip it out of your bag and snuggle down.

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  • Take a blanket, having something over you even if it’s thin will help your body feel more comfortable and at ease. It only will you feel less exposed, but it can get quite chilly in the air.
  • Be careful what you drink: water is good, as it will help counter the dehydrating effects of the dry, recycled air. However, you should avoid alcohol and caffeine. They are diuretics, causing you to use the loo frequently and interrupt your sleep.
  • Relieve ear pressure by wearing ear plugs.
  • Dress for the occasion; dress comfortably. Avoid denim or tight clothes, embrace every bit of cashmere you can possibly find.
  • Eat your meals at the same times you would at home, which will help your digestive system adjust to the time difference. No one likes to be woken up in the middle of the night when by nature calling.
  • Some travellers might like to take with them an item that reminds them of home, such as a mini scented candle. You will associate it with relaxation in your most comfortable habitat, and it can also be a handy hack to disguise those odd aeroplane smells…
  • Listening to a classical or relaxing playlist will help you go off to the land of nod, and drown out any other noises that are bothering you.
  • If you can, choose a window seat! This is a complete flight changer; you’ll be able to enjoy your little nook of the plane with little to no disturbance.

If you take these tips on board, you should be able to suffer with less jet lag once you arrive at your destination. Wherever you’re travelling to, don’t let jet lag get the better of you, so be sure to get some rest on the plane. When you arrive, try to stay up until it’s bedtime for the locals! It’s a challenge, but why waste a day in bed when you have only so many days to see another part of the world? Take a shower to wake yourself up, put on some fresh new clothes and try some of the local cuisine to keep yourself energised! Staying up will allow you to adjust to the local routine quickly, giving you the very best travel experience.

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If you want to be more comfortable when you travel, then as I have said, I would recommend a Tempur® travel pillow. I have been using one my latest adventures (Germany and Prague) and have really felt the benefit. They are just so comfortable and soft! If you want to try one for yourself, then why not try the ‘Tempur® Challenge,’ starting on 10th July running until 7th August? You can go into a store, test out the mattresses and win a Tempur® travel pillow of your own! Perfect for any summer trips you have planned :)

Do yo have any tips that you would add?

Rebecca x*This post is in conjunction with Tempur® but all thoughts are my own.

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4 Comments

  1. William Gould
    5th July 2017 / 9:50 am

    I get terrible jet lag as I can only sleep lying down. My wife on the other hand, could sleep on a clothes line!

  2. 6th July 2017 / 7:37 pm

    We’ve got a holiday coming up next month so will have a look at this pillow. I always struggle to get comfy x

  3. Sheila Reeves
    16th July 2017 / 8:30 am

    Some great ideas here, and love the sound of the travel pillow, very comfy

  4. 21st July 2017 / 4:36 am

    Surviving jet lag is one thing but avoiding it is another. Thanks for these useful tips!

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