There’s nothing worse than being exhausted on the first day of your vacation after sitting in an uncomfortable chair on a long-haul flight.
But James Leinhardt, founder of mattress and pillow brand Levitex, has revealed three tips that could help passengers get some shut-eye on their next plane trip.
Subtitled: “Comfortable in economics? It’s not impossible,” the clip features James, sitting in a chair to demonstrate the best way to close his eyes in the air.
The Manchester expert told viewers: ‘As it’s difficult to sleep comfortably on a plane, it’s almost impossible, especially on long hauls – so here are some practical tips.’
A Levitex sleep expert has revealed three tips that could help passengers get some shut-eye on their next plane trip – and opinions are divided.
1. Recline your seat
The sleep and posture expert’s first tip is controversial, and has sparked debate in the video’s comments.
He advised: “Make sure you recline your chair as you will distribute your body weight more evenly, there will be less pressure on your butt.”
However, some users called reclining your seat “rude” to the person behind you.
Viewers angrily wrote: “No, reclining confuses the person behind you” and “don’t tilt your chair.”
A third wrote: “Reclining your seat is an instant sleepless position, with complaints from the passenger behind, and rightly so.”
On the other side of the discussion, a passenger said: “To anyone who thinks it’s rude to recline your seat, come back to me after you fly to London Australia.”
Another agreed: “I’m not paying thousands of dollars to not bow.”
Meanwhile, one user suggested: “Long haul etiquette: lie down after meal service has been collected.” Stand when the next meal service arrives.
The sleep expert explained: “You can just get your old sweater, tape it around your neck and use an old rubber band or hair tie and support that neck.”
2. Support your neck
On to James’ next tip: support your neck, but not in the way you usually would.
The expert and TikToker explained: “Second thing, you need to support your neck, and not with these nonsense memory foam things that will allow you to collapse and fall like that.
“You can just get your old sweater, tape it around your neck and use an old rubber band or hair tie and support that neck.
“When you do that, your head isn’t just going to fall and collapse and you’ll get that support.
3. Support your back
Finally, the pillow company founder demonstrated that when we fall asleep, our back firmly touches the mattress – so we need to recreate this to have the best chance of sleeping well.
He added: “Third, as in sleep we try to bring the bed to the person, the same goes for the chair.
“We always have this big hole between our back and the chair, so stick a wooden roll or cushion there and you’ll be much better supported and be able to sleep semi-decently.”
Finally, before ending the clip, the posture expert warned about sleeping on a plane alone.
He said, “Don’t ever do that, please,” and leaned forward on the tray table with his arms crossed and his head resting on them.
One viewer admitted: “Don’t ever do that, literally, it’s the only way I’ll ever sleep on a plane.”
Another wrote: “Why should you never lean forward? I always do that, it’s the only way I can sleep.”
Meanwhile, a third admitted: “I feel like my real problem is that my body doesn’t feel safe enough to fully fall asleep in the presence of strangers.”
It comes right after a woman has reignited the debate on aircraft etiquette after getting into a shouting match with another passenger as she accused them of “repeatedly pushing her seat” when she reclined it.
In a bid to resolve the debate, an etiquette expert shared her thoughts on pressing the tilt button mid-flight, with her advice being to refrain from doing so altogether on short-term trips. letters.
Katarina, who lives in Europe, emphasizes in a TikTok that “the reclining of the seat is not prohibited because the function is there”.
However, she says: “It is good practice to always check the passenger behind us before lying down. »
The travel professional points out that if someone behind you is “in the middle of a meal with the table open or watching a movie on the seat screen,” reclining your seat could “disturb them” and that would be an action “ inconsiderate.” .