This Is How to Actually Sleep Well on a Red-Eye



Sleep—we crave it and we need it, but we never seem to get enough of it. A new Consumer Reports survey of 4023 adults found that 27% of Americans suffer from insomnia while 68%—the equivalent of 164 million people—struggle with sleep at least once a week. These are sobering statistics, which is why we’re dedicating the next few days to this ever-elusive, never-can-have-enough part of our lives. Welcome to Byrdie’s first-ever Sleep Week, wherein you can expect detailed accounts of our own editors’ sleep trials and tribulations, the latest products to help you nod off, and all the new relevant research. Suffice to say, we’re obsessed with getting more shut-eye (the quality kind, too), and hopefully our obsession will ensure you wake up more mornings feeling well rested and less like you want to hurl your alarm clock across the room. Read (and rest) up!

I’ve never been on of those people who can instantly fall asleep on a plane. On every trip, I lie awake with quiet disdain for everyone soundly snoozing around me. I’ve tried everything—homeopathic supplements, staying up all night ahead of the flight, and even drinking a few cocktails while on board. None of it has worked. So in the hopes of getting some shut-eye on my next scheduled red-eye (one month and counting—I’m coming for you, Paris), I spoke with Dirty Lemon’s in-house naturopath, Laurie Brodsky, ND, for her best tips.

Below, she details everything necessary for a good night’s sleep en route to your next travel destination.

What’s your best trick for falling asleep on a plane? Let us know in the comments below!