How Do You Induce Sleep on Planes?

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If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that I had a mini crisis last night: I ran out of my trusty Lunesta and was forced to buy over the counter sleep aids for my flight to Amsterdam.

Since I’m going to Europe for a long weekend, I really didn’t want to risk not getting any sleep on the outbound portion, because I do not function well without sleep and I want to be able to maximize my time in Budapest.

For me, I’ve found that Lunesta works like a charm. I take half a 2mg pill on short transatlantic flights and I’m able to drift into a nice sleep shortly after dinner and wake up at landing. A full pill on 9+ hour flights puts me down like a baby for nearly 7 hours. I normally have no issues sleeping on terra firma and I never take them when I’m not on a plane, but for some reason my body just can’t get comfortable enough on planes to naturally fall into a state of sleep – even in business or first class.

When I popped the, “What sleep aid should I buy at the airport?” question I got a ton of responses from the Twittersphere – most involving alcohol and Nyquil. I’m not necessarily a health nut, but I know that can’t be good for you, but I caved in to Tweer pressure and got some Nyquil pills and planned to have a glass of wine with dinner.

Crisis averted
However, I remembered that I put half of my Lunesta pill from my recent Star Mega Do trip to Frankfurt on the Lufthansa A380 in the little pouch in my Bose QC15 headphones case. Lo and behold, the mini pill of good sleep was indeed there so I didn’t have to resort to my “poor man’s sleep aids” in the end. However, I did get a Tweet from my friend Steve that got me thinking maybe I should try some more natural options:

SteveSiegelSteve Siegel
@thepointsguy lunesta is so bad for you. Next time, try all natural valerian root capsules! #health #wellness
Has anyone had experience with more natural sleep aids? I’m a skeptic at heart, so I have a hard time believing that they’d be potent enough to give me the sleep I need on a plane. However, I’m open to parting with my drug-addled methods in order to try something that might work.
I’m also open to any suggestions, so what say you, sage TPG readers?

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