Flights are often busier and noisier during the summer as many Britons jet off for a sun-soaked getaway.
And whether it’s a short or long-haul flight there’s nothing better than getting some shut-eye before continuing the journey on-land.
But one thing travellers know all too well is how difficult it can be to fall asleep when sitting between two strangers or a congested part of the plane.
That’s why Martin Seeley, CEO and sleep expert at MattressNextDay has urged holidaymakers to re-think where they choose to sit.
He revealed that while many people pay attention to whether they’re in an aisle or window seat, considering the cabin facilities is crucial for those who enjoy a peaceful nap on their travels.
Martin claimed that there is a “prime place” passengers should aim to book if they pay to select their seat on a plane.
He said: “Firstly, you should avoid the toilets as that’s where people tend to chat. Instead, you should pick a seat in the same row as the wing.
“Not only is this likely to be the quietest area but as the wing is usually where the emergency exit is based, you’ll have more legroom.”
While this applies to all short-haul flights, the sleep expert urged those on long-haul journeys to aim for the front of the aircraft instead.
Martin explained: “If you’re flying long haul, make sure to book the front of the plane as you’ll be served your food first and are more likely to disembark first, which is why attendants recommend those seats for people looking to sleep.”
What’s more, passengers booked at the very front or back of a plane often benefit from boarding first meaning they can maximise the length of their nap before the flight is even underway.
The sleep expert noted that location isn’t the only forward-planning travellers can do if they want to sleep on a plane.
In fact, preparation should start from the moment people get to the airport, according to Martin. He said: “You should always head to the airport early to account for any delays but did you know it can help you sleep better, too? Before you board, spend 30 minutes walking around the airport, duty-free or even in the lounge.”
He claimed that studies have proven the effectiveness of doing just 30 minutes of moderate exercise for better sleep quality, particularly in women.
And once passengers have taken their seats on the plane, the expert urged them to avoid alcohol at all costs. Instead, Martin recommended drinking water before, and during a flight to “alleviate” a dry throat and “make it easier to fall asleep”.