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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 May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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