Trouble sleeping on planes? These science-backed tips will help you snooze while flying

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From neck support to noise canceling headphones, these travel hacks are scientifically proven to help support sleep.

Sleeping on loud, cramped planes isn't easy, but picking the right seat and properly supporting your neck are just some of the ways you can help your body doze off.When flying, most of us are traveling in a tightly packed economy cabin surrounded by people talking, laughing, complaining, sneezing, and eating. Babies are crying, flight personnel push drink carts down the narrow aisles, and passersby cause traffic jams.

The right preparations can help travelers doze off. From an in-flight cocktail to neck support, here’s what to avoid and what to bring to get a few hours’ sleep on a plane.The physical limitations of sleeping are joined by a host of other in-flight demons. The humidity in the passenger cabin is low and the resulting dry air can irritate the eyes and nose. Air pressure is also lower, which can trigger headaches and nausea, neither conducive for nodding off.

If you haven’t flown lately, you may find settling into a comfortable sleeping position more difficult than it used to be. To accommodate additional seats to pack in more people, the industry-determined seat size has been reduced from 18.5 inches armrest-to-armrest to 17 inches.

 

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