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10 Ways To Sleep On The Plane Comfortably

10 Ways To Sleep On The Plane Comfortably

Have you ever been on a plane and tried very hard to sleep with no success? Everybody has! Airplanes are crowded, noisy places and trying to get some zzzs while on one can be quite a challenge. However, getting a good sleep while flying is the best way to avoid jet lag during a long flight. It is also a great way to pass the time during the flight with the added bonus of reaching your destination all freshened up, rested and ready for action! Ready to face the challenge of sleeping on a plane comfortably? Follow this list of things and you are bound to be sleeping like a baby before you say can turbulence!

1. Seat, seat, seat!

Picking the correct seat is one of the most important ingredients in the comfortable sleep recipe. Avoid the middle, or even the aisle seat if you do not want to wake up whenever a fellow traveler needs to use the restroom. Aim for a seat next to a window. Not only does it provide you with a peaceful atmosphere, but you can also draw the blinds and rest your head on them. Can’t manage to get a window seat? Do not despair! Just keep reading.

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2. Travel light.

OK, I am a girl too and I understand. A week of holidays DOES excuse stuffed luggage that could easily sustain you for a month without you having to wear the same tee twice! If you have to overdo it, however, overdo it on the check-in luggage only. Take only the very basics on board with you. Stuff them all in a bag and put the bag up in the cabinet. Leave plenty of space to spread those feet; it’s important.

3. Keep yourself warm.

Do not let the temperature of the room before takeoff fool you. In most cases, when you are up there in the air, the temperature drops drastically, and trying to sleep with goose bumps does not really allow for comfortable sleeping. If the airline does not provide you with blankets or you forgot to bring your own, then leave that jacket on. You will appreciate it later.

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4. Bring your own blanket and pillow.

I am not trying to sound like hypochondriac, but my idea of snuggling up in my blankie and sleeping does not involve some stranger having slept in it before me! So do bring your own. An added bonus is that familiar textures and smell can actually help you relax and fall asleep more easily. The same thing applies for pillows. Bring one along if they work for you, especially if you are are not seated by the window, to have something to support your head with.

5. Belt above your blanket.

If you do not want to be woken up by the air hostess every time the fasten your seat belt sign is on, then make sure she can she your seat belt fastened at all times! Best way to do that? Just fasten your seat belt above your blanket or coat and try to keep it uncovered and visible at all times. If she can see your seat belt fastened, she is bound not to disturb you further, especially if you are asleep.

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6. Ask to not be disturbed.

Why go to all the effort of managing to get your seat belt showing at all times, only to find yourself being woken up to be asked if you would like something to drink? Air hostesses make a lot of trips up and down the aisle inquiring for drinks, food or merchandise products. Summon the air hostess and kindly inform them that you would like to be undisturbed throughout those passages because you would like to sleep. Problem solved.

7. Use earplugs or noise elimination earphones.

Here comes one of the biggest issues. Noise! There is no other way to avoid it but by employing your earplugs. Use a pair you have tried before that you know won’t cause you any discomfort. Another great option is sound eliminating earphones. In addition to shutting out the noise, they will provide you with your favorite music too. Read more about this next.

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8. La musica!

I don’t even have to go through the benefits of music as a medium for relaxation. And since you already have those earphones on, play your favorite laid-back album, sit back and drift off! If your taste does not really comply to the laid-back standards, worry not. There are million albums of relaxation music you could use exactly for situations like this. Search up Google and prepare!

9. Wear a sleep mask.

You might be travelling through a different time zone, hence having to sleep while it is still pretty bright outside. Or the lights of the plane might disturb you because it is not a common sleeping time so the lights are not off. In any case, using a mask will do the trick. Not only does it bring darkness, but it makes you feel more “hidden” too. Don’t take me for a weirdo, but it does feel right to have my face covered even partially when I am asleep. It gives some sense of privacy I suppose.

10. If all else fails, meditate!

You forgot the earplugs, or the kid sitting next to you is ultra loud. Or in any case your eyes just won’t shut even though you followed all the above. Again do not despair, there is even a solution for when eventually you cannot fall asleep! This solution is meditation. It might not sound as drastic as actually falling asleep, but it has actually been found that meditation can be as relaxing and resting. So if all else fails or if you decided you don’t want to sleep all that much anyway, close those eyes, sit back and OOOOOM (preferably silently).

Featured photo credit: Chad Kainz via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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