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A sleep expert reveals her 7 top tips for getting the best sleep on your flight

Falling asleep on the plane can be trickier for some more than others. Even though first class gives you the extra leg room, not getting any shut eye can leave you feeling sluggish. While a few lucky few can fall asleep easily, the attempt of gaining quality in flight sleep proves a struggle. This then leads to several nights of playing catch-up once you arrive at your final destination.

There are a few tried and tested methods that can leave you feeling well rested after a long flight. Christabel Majendie, resident sleep expert at Naturalmat, has revealed the ones that work so you rest en route.

1.) Comfort is key

Long flights can provide a lot of discomfort so it is best to do everything you can to sleep. If you want to achieve a snooze, comfort is in your clothes. Elasticated waistbands, leggings, oversized jumpers and flight socks will provide you will the ultimate satisfaction. It is also best to use noise-cancelling headphones and choose a window-seat near the front of the plane, this way you won’t get distracted by people moving around.

Two businesswomen sleeping in the airplane using neck cushion while going on business trip.

2.) Remove irritation

If you want to sleep the last thing you need is for your feet to swell up in uncomfortable shoes making you feel irritated so it is best to give them some breathing space, change into slippers, socks or even a foot mask and you will be asleep in no time. Also stay away from the light of reading lights, movie screens and cabin lights by wearing an eye mask – it will make the world of difference.

3.) Stay fresh, feel fresh

I would recommend a great facial mist; this makes you feel ready to doze off as you won’t be sweating or uncomfortable but instead fresh. The Hydrating Mist from Colorescience UK provides your skin with a burst of moisture ready for that long-haul flight.

4.) Routine is key

It might sound farfetched but sticking to your routine will prep your body for sleep. Changing into your pyjamas, brushing your teeth and removing makeup by washing your face can put your brain into the right mindset. If you read before bed or listen to a podcast, then do this as it signals your brain that it is time for sleep.

5.) Posture

It is always best to lean to the side instead of attempting to sleep upright. This can only make your body feel uncomfortable after a short amount of time. Always recline your seat all the way to get the best comfort.

Tired blonde casual caucasian lady napping on seat while traveling by airplane. Commercial transportation by planes.

6) Take your own pillow

If you wish to sit to sit upright then a neck pillow is actually very helpful and much better than a pillow which might be given to you. This way you avoid neck cramps.

7.) Scent time

The power of smell is far more potent than you think. Hand cream or essential oils which have sleep-inducing properties can help you to relax and unwind. Scents that have a strong link with aiding sleep include lavender, vetiver, chamomile and sandalwood. Rub some on the back of your neck and dab a small amount on your pulse points for inner calm.