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The Best (and Worst) Airplane Seats for Sleeping

Whitson Gordon , Gawker Media

The Best (and Worst) Airplane Seats for Sleeping

Falling asleep on a plane is not easy, but you can do a few things to help the process along. Travel expert John DiScala shares some tips over at Real Simple on how to sleep at 15,000 feet.

The most interesting tip, we thought, was where sleeping is easiest:

The window seat of an exit row [are the best seats in coach for catching some Z's]-as long as there isn't an emergency. You won't be disturbed when your seatmates get up, you can rest your head on the window, and with the extra legroom you can use your carry-on as a footrest. The worst place for sleeping is near the bathrooms or flight attendant stations, since people tend to hang out there. If you know in advance that you'll want to sleep, go online the day of the flight to see if you can change your seat to an empty row. That's the holy grail. You have a better shot if you're flying at an unpopular time-say, on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.

Your mileage may vary (and it may sometimes cost extra to get the good seats with more room), but if you have a lot of trouble napping on a flight, it might be worth the trouble. Hit the link below for four more airplane sleeping tips, as well as our guide to getting sleep on long-distance flights.

How to Sleep on a Plane | Real Simple

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