Re: Sleeping on a plane - incredible frustration
I feel your pain -- I sleep very poorly on planes myself! A few thoughts spring to mind:
1. Would bringing a neck pillow or similar gear help you get more comfortable? (Perhaps not if the discomfort is due to lack of legroom, but just thought I'd throw it out there.)
2. You sound (like me) as though you're a good candidate for a little chemical help! Have you tried sleep aids? My brother used Nyquil to get a few hours of Z's on a long trans-Pacific flight, and a lot of people swear by Benadryl or over-the-counter sleep meds. I'll be honest: the OTC stuff didn't do much for me except put me into a sleepy fog, but they do work for some people and might be worth a try. I've heard that prescription-strength sleep aids like Ambien do a much better job. I will seriously consider going to the doc for a prescription the next time I need to take a very long flight.
3. Do you have enough miles to upgrade to business class every once in a while? Being in a more comfortable seat might help the cause.
Good luck! If you find something that works for you, let me know.
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