wikiHow to Sleep on Public Transport While Traveling

Sleeping while you are traveling and taking public transportation may present challenges at times; especially if your sleeping conditions aren't as comfortable as you're accustomed to or if excessive light prevents you from being able to fall sleep. Regardless of your public transportation method; whether you take the bus, the train, or an airplane, there are ways to make your sleeping experience comfortable and successful.

Steps

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    Choose a seat next to the window. A window will provide you with a wall to lean against while you sleep.
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    Bring a sleep mask to cover your eyes. A sleep mask will block out artificial light and sunlight, especially if you are traveling during the day.
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    Bring a pillow. A pillow may provide additional comfort if you are sleeping in a chair or seat.
    • Bring a large-sized or full-body pillow if you have booked a seat that provides extra space, such as a seat in the exit row of a bus or airplane.
    • Bring a small neck pillow to use if you are sitting in an aisle seat or if you will be sleeping in locations such as bus stations or airports. A neck pillow may also take up less room in your carry-on bags or luggage.
    • Consider bringing a pillow made of memory-foam, which may be pliable enough to fold up and pack away after using it.
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    Wear comfortable clothing. Loose-fitted clothing made of soft material may be the most comfortable for you while you sleep.
    • Dress in layers to prevent yourself from becoming too cold while you sleep. If your sleeping conditions are too warm, you can remove layers and stow them away for later when you wake.
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    Perform busy activities that will tire you before taking public transportation. You may fall asleep easier if you were physically or mentally busy throughout the day.
    • Consider exercising before you travel, such as walking laps inside of airport terminals. You may also want to wake up early on the day of your travels to go shopping or sight-seeing.
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    Eat a full meal an hour before you sleep. Eating will prevent you from feeling hunger pains as you try to sleep, whereas certain foods can encourage sleepiness.
    • Eat foods that contain tryptophan such as turkey or almonds, which will naturally induce sleepiness.
    • Eat foods that are high in fiber such as granola, nuts, or dried fruit if you are traveling by airplane because the air pressure in the cabin may adversely affect your gastrointestinal system.
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    Drink water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Airplanes and trains may provide dry air that will dehydrate your body and make sleeping difficult.
    • Stop drinking coffee at least 6 hours before you plan on sleeping because the caffeine may keep you awake in addition to dehydrating your body.
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    Keep your seat-belt on if you are traveling by airplane. This will prevent flight attendants from waking you up as the plane begins to descend or if the plane experiences turbulence and you are required to wear your seat-belt.
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    Reserve a sleeping car if you are traveling by train. Some railway systems around the world offer sleeping accommodations for travelers who plan to sleep during the trip.

Tips

  • If you are traveling with a portable music device, consider programming relaxing, easy-listening music or sounds of nature to listen to while you fall asleep.

Warnings

  • Consult with your health care provider before you consider taking sleeping pills while you travel. Discuss the effects they may have on your health if you take them while traveling.

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