How to Properly Sleep While Traveling

Tis the season for traveling!  Whether you are headed off to grandmother’s house or are taking the kids on a vacation for their winter break, the mere act of traveling can be a literal pain in your neck.  No one really enjoys being stuck in a car or being cramped up in a plane for any longer than they have to.  When you travel especially far, sitting in those uncomfortable plane seats can do a number on your well being.

Not only are plane trips monotonous and sometimes stressful, the time change can mess up your internal clock and your sleep cycle.  No one wants to be tired during their whole vacation because of a time zone difference.  And no one wants to have to return to work from a vacation not well-rested and relaxed.  It may be difficult to try to sleep on a plane, but it may be a good idea to get some shut-eye while you’re on your plane trip.  Check out these simple and easy tips for better sleeping while you’re flying.

Take a Red Eye Flight

NappingIt may sound counterproductive but if you are able to sync up your sleep cycles with your flight, it may be easier to get some quality sleep while you’re traveling.  A multi-tasking win-win situation, leaving you with more time and energy to enjoy your trip.  It might make it easier for you to feel tired when you get on the plane, and hopefully you will be able to sleep through the entire boring flight.

Dress Comfortably

Make sure that you wear loose fitting clothes that you can relax in.  Wear layers so that if it gets cold, you can bundle up.  And on the other hand, you can take layers off if it gets too warm inside of the pressurized air plane cabin.  You don’t want restricting clothes just for aesthetic reasons.  You will be sitting for long periods of time, so wear what’s most comfortable for you when you’re sitting and relaxing.

Use Noise Canceling Headphones

These are a great investment – especially if you get stuck behind a crying baby.  Put some soothing and relaxing music on your ipod and try to zone out and catch up on some sleep.  If you put your seat belt over your blanket, the flight attendant won’t have to disturb your slumber when you go through turbulence. 

Take a Walk in Between Naps

When you sit for long periods of time, blood can pool up in your extremities.  This is why it is important to stand up every once in a while so you won’t be at risk for blood clots.  It may also help to stretch your body out and relax before you try to fall asleep again.

Get an Adjustment Before You Leave

Visit your chiropractor for an adjustment before you head out on your trip.  This will help keep your spine and healthy, and you will probably be more relaxed as you gear up for that long flight.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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