How to snooze and not lose: tips to help you fall asleep while traveling

If you’ve ever tried falling asleep on an aeroplane without drooling on the next passenger or constantly shifting around, then you know what the struggle is like to be comfortable on a flight. Falling asleep in a flight is expected – especially when you’re travelling internationally. If you’re flying for business and will have no time to relax when you arrive at your destination, then ensuring you do not wake up from your sleep with a stiff neck is important.

Here are a few tips on how to fall asleep while travelling:

Wear an eye mask:

Whether you’re boarding a quick 1-hour flight to Gaborone from Johannesburg or a non-stop 2-and-a-half-hour flight to Lubumbashi, if you want a power nap you have to be ready for it. If you’re struggling to fall asleep, anything can be distracting – especially cabin lights. Wearing an eye mask can keep you in the darkness and help you to fall asleep faster.

Have your ear plugs ready

The unnerving sound of someone else’s snoring will make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Ear plugs may not block your ears from the noise altogether, but they can decrease the volume of the heavy breathing around you.

Don’t cross your legs

Taking one of the flights to DRC means that you’ll be in the air for about three hours. Those three hours can feel like six if you’re exhausted. A common way to sit on a flight is through crossing your legs and changing them the other way whenever they’re tired. The problem is, crossing your legs inhibits blood flow. Straighten them in front of you instead and bend your knees slightly to encourage blood circulation in your legs.

Avoid eating a heavy meal

If you’re planning on catching some Z’s on your flight then avoid eating a heavy meal before you fly. Eating a large meal can cause you to be uncomfortable on your flight, which could leave you restless and unable to fall asleep.

Try to score a window seat

Sitting at the window means that you can lean against it while you are sleeping. It’s much better than sleeping in an upright position. So, if you’ve packed a pillow, you can use it for extra support for your neck while you lean against the window. An added benefit is that you’re able to control the amount of light that enters your section of the aeroplane.


Apart from ensuring you’re fully prepared for your flight and ensuring you’ve managed to score one of our cheap flights from Durban to Cape Town [link to:], making sure that you are content and comfortable is just as important. So, the next time you’re on a flight, make sure you’re comfortable enough to snooze away, without a snag.

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