The ability to sleep on a plane is a talent. For some, it's god-given, others, like me, it takes work. I used to not be able to sleep a wink on planes. It was awful and would be a lot worse considering I fly a lot for my real job now. A lot of people booze on planes to get them to sleep, but that's horse shit. Booze doesn't help you on a plane. One drink may calm the nerves, but any more and you get cotton mouth in that air, and you have to piss, which if you're not in the aisle seat is just a huge pain in the ass. Particularly because I think airplane seatbelts are designed to squeeze the shit out of your bladder and make you have to go to the bathroom every half hour.
Here's my three tips for sleeping on a plane.
1. Seems self-explanatory but staying up late and getting up early the night before do wonders. You can't sleep if you're not tired.
2. Don't drink booze or lots of water, for aforementioned piss reasons.
3. Invest in Bose noise canceling headphones. They are expensive but they work like motherfuckers. Can't hear anything. My pops got them for me for Christmas last year and they're one of the best gifts I've ever gotten. Thanks Dad.
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