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Does and Donts: Sleeping on Planes

Whether it is for business or pleasure, when we fly, we want to feel rested and ready when the flight is over. On longer flights getting some rest might figure into feeling good when one lands. While there are many distractions on a flight that might keep some up, others just don’t sleep well while flying, quiet plane or no.

Over the counter medications or alcohol may help some people relax and sleep, however these will usually leave one groggy after waking.

Fliers should do their best to be comfy. Wear loose fitting and, if you need them, warm clothes. Try to use the restroom before falling asleep. Undo your belt and other restrictive accessories. Let your neighbors know you want to try and sleep through the flight.

It is best to bring one’s own comfort items like pillows and blankets as these are becoming more and more rare on flights. Noise canceling headphones, music, white noise, noise generators or some television episodes downloaded from your favorite streaming app help some people sleep.

The cues of your nighttime routine can help your brain prepare for sleep. Try sticking to any of them you can during the flight. Make your routines portable, not only for the plane, but your destination as well. Likewise, following your rituals will prepare your brain for sleep in an unfamiliar place and time zone.

The most important thing to remember is that if you can’t sleep, it is best not to stress out about it. Relax as much as you can. Even just lying back, shutting your eyes and letting your mind wander can be restful.

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Spring Vacation Travel Tips

As the weather gets nicer or if you are considering traveling immediately for Spring or the Easter holiday here are some items you may want to take into consideration that come directly from the CDC:

“Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.”

The CDC has more extensive suggestions on their website. You might also consider other items like:

Double check what is open at your destination–you don’t want to end up like the Griswolds, getting all the way to WallyWorld just to find out they are closed. Additionally, you may want to call or check the website of any major destinations to make sure you are able to comply with any new rules they may have. Also, some destinations may only be partially open; meaning that they may have reduced capacity and limited or restricted activities.

What is your backup plan if someone does get sick? Covid-19 aside, it isn’t a bad idea to know what you would do if someone got ill while you are away. You may want to have a quick conversation with your health insurance provider about out of state care.

Safe Travels!