5 Tips to Sleep Whilst Travelling

It’s that time of year again when we travel the world in search of plenty of sun and a break away from work. With all that travelling, there is sure to be some disruption to our sleeping patterns. Whether it’s travel for pleasure or business, we occasionally need that on-the-go nap. We’ve pieced together a selection of tips to ensure you get the much-needed sleep whilst travelling.

Sleeping Aids

Certain items are worth the risk of going over the hand luggage limit. If you intend on getting some mid-travel sleep, you should think about taking items which will help you sleep. Noise can be a big problem if you’re travelling on public transport, we recommend you take some earplugs for the journey. Don’t forget that if you’re travelling at night, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be sitting in darkness. Passengers overhead lights and phone screens can all contribute to lighting up the carriage – ensure you take an eye mask, just in case. If you’re on a long-haul flight, you might want to take an inflatable neck support pillow.

Avoid Caffeine

When you’re sitting in the departure lounge, be sure to avoid the coffee shop. The large cappuccino might seem like a nice idea whilst you’re waiting for your flight, but it won’t seem so great when you’re wide awake on the plane. Avoid any caffeinated drinks which might interrupt your sleeping pattern and prevent you from falling asleep.

Choose Your Food Wisely

If you’re about to sit through a long haul flight, you might want to think about what you’re eating in the run up to departure. If possible, avoid any spicy food or foods which you know your body doesn’t like. As nice as that curry might seem, you’re going to be stuck on a plane for quite a longtime.

Select Your Seat Carefully

If you book in advance, you might have the choice of a variety of seats. If you’re travelling by plane, we recommend booking a seat towards the front of the flight or by the wings. These seats might cost a little bit extra, however, you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep.

If it’s a journey by train, then you should most definitely book a table seat to give you some extra leg room. Don’t worry if someone is sitting in front of you, you’ll still have more leg room than a standard seat. If you get lucky, nobody will be sat in front of you at all!

Comfort over Fashion

If your journey is going to be over two hours, it’s better to favour comfort over fashion. Sweatpants, a t-shirt, and a hoodie or jumper should ensure you can remain comfortable as you travel. Nobody is going to care how you look midway through a flight between Manchester and New York.


Written by: Downland Bedding Posted on: 8th June 2016