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How to Sleep on a Plane 

If you have trouble sleeping on airplanes this is for you! As someone who has travel anxiety, I’ve always had trouble when it comes to airplane sleeping. A tip that I’ve found helpful is to trick your mind into thinking you’re actually going to bed. This is the best way to sleep on a plane. If you’re wondering how to sleep on a plane, please keep reading.

sunset through the window of an airplane where the airplane wing is visible

How to Sleep on a Plane

If you want to sleep on a plane you need to get into the mindset that you’re going to bed, as in a regular bed. You make yourself super comfortable I’m able to fall asleep. Wondering how to sleep on a plane in economy class then you’re not in an actual bed or even a lie-flat seat? You’re going to stay by getting cozy.

Best Way to Sleep on a Plane with a Travel Blanket 

Get cozy with a travel blanket. This compact travel blanket from Amazon is super compact, you can take it anywhere (I take it on flights, I’ve used it when backpacking the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, and on road trips), and the best part is, it’s only $30.

It also has snaps so you can wear it as a poncho, perfect off you’re cold on a flight and aren’t quite ready to go to sleep. You can also snap it to another blanket to create a larger blanket.

a teal colored blanket with a small to place it in

Tips for Sleeping on a Plane with a Travel Neck Pillow

Get super conformable with the right neck pillow. This memory foam travel neck pillow is amazing for travel! It has memory foam so it molds perfectly to you. It also has mesh side panels to keep you cool, so you won’t have to worry about waking up sweaty. And it has a machine washable cover, a must after being on a plane. This neck pillow is one of the best ways to sleep on a plane.

gray and black neck pillow with a black bag and two black screws in a clear plastic case

How to Fall Asleep on a Plane with Noise

Drown out the noise with noise-canceling headphones or earbuds. I’ve used Apple Earbuds and the 1MORE EVO Noise Cancelling Earbuds. 1MORE offers a variety of earbuds at affordable prices, a great alternative to Apple products. The EVO is 1MORE’s top-of-the-line earbuds and has a twenty-eight hour long battery life. This is extremely convenient for long travel days. It also has super fast wireless charging (15 mins = 4 hrs). And they are very comfortable to wear, perfect for wearing for longer flights.

white and gold rimmed earbuds

If you prefer headphones, as opposed to earbuds, try the Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. Getting rid of the loud noise in the cabin is the best way to sleep on the plane. 

black headphones with plush comfort for the ears

I hope you found these tips for sleeping on airplanes helpful. And check out my long haul flight essentials blog post. And check out my TikTok to see each of these items in action!