How to Sleep Whilst Flying

First off, my apologies for the long delay in posting — but I have a good excuse (I swear)! My long-term partner and I recently tied the knot in the presence of 75 loving friends and family members (well, loving being the operative term). We held a lovely (if I don’t say so myself) ceremony in Dominical, Costa Rica. But before I divulge too many details befitting of their own post (soon!), I wanted to draw your attention to an issue of particular thorniness to frequent travelers/fliers: Economy class sleeping (or lack thereof).

Assuming you’re not piloting the plane (in which case, you better not be sleeping—ahem, Uncle Bobby*), sleeping in economy classes on most major international carriers can be an outright battle — in the article below, NY Times travel writer Seth Kugel attempts to discover the secret ingredient to a sleep-worthy economy class flight. Unfortunately, as you will read, there’s no cure-all magic potion.

Cramped in Coach, or the Science of Sleep

*Uncle Bobby happens to be my delightful non-Uncle (despite the name) who is a pilot for a major international airline; he also happens to be a darn good skier and the reason why I can hop on flights worldwide with ease.


About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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