How to Sleep on a Plane Without Hating Your Life

Deven Hopp

We estimate that about 3% of the coach-flying population is good at sleeping on aeroplanes. That figure is 100% made up—but there’s simply no way that more than a minuscule fraction of passengers are able to snooze comfortably on planes (without a little something, right?). Unless you’re flying first class, your experience at 35,000 feet in the sky is usually limited to a tightly packed seating arrangement with any attempt to doze off interrupted by surrounding passengers bumping into you or your seat, loud conversations, and crying children.

So regardless of our imaginary statistic, we know figuring out how to sleep on a plane (without hating your life) is no easy feat. But with European summer travels ahead, and especially on long flights, you have to give it your best shot. We always do—and we’ve picked up a few creative tactics along the way that work. Scroll through for seven weird—but effective—ways to sleep on a plane.

How do you get comfortable on an aeroplane? Any tips or tricks we should know? Share them below!

This story was originally published on April 29, 2015, and has been updated.

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