Pre-travel insomnia


I can't sleep the night before an airplane flight. Certainly I'm not the only person with this problem, right?

Comments (13)
  1. Jason says:

    I have the same problem, and it’s compounded by the fact that I can’t sleep on airplanes. I’d love to find the person responsible for airplane seat erognomics. No other seats in the world pitch your neck forward like that. It’s like they went out of their way to make you uncomfortable on purpose!

  2. Eric Lippert says:

    I used to have that problem as well. I think actually the problem for me was the nervous energy caused by packing the night before — did I forget anything? Because it never happens if I’m just flying down to California for a meeting. Also, when I fly these days it is almost always back to Ontario to visit my family, and I’ve started caching clothes there. The stress of packing is greatly diminished when all you need is a passport and a toothbrush.

    Have a good trip!

  3. Robert Cowham says:

    If you would like to change this then I can recommend NLP/hypnosis – it’s related to phobia cures.

    Having attended a training course, I’ve done it successfully myself on a couple of people and there are lots of people out there who can help.

  4. quanta says:

    I get restless the night before, but not because I’m afraid to fly, but because I’m afraid I will oversleep or forget the time and miss my flight. It’s an expensive mistake I don’t plan to make.

  5. I love flying, airports, all that good stuff – I can always sleep the night before. I couldn’t sleep if my life depended on it on an airplane though.

  6. Kelli Zielinski says:

    I usually don’t bother sleeping. I love flying and I just get so giddy about going somewhere. I can’t contain my excitement about a trip. Next time I go on one, I’ll bounce past your office to prove it… ;) If I have an early morning flight, I never sleep. Too wired. ;)

    I don’t sleep on planes, either. Little noises get me really irked, and most of them are on planes. I usually use the time to write, always travel with a laptop.

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  8. Bhupi Singh says:

    Re: Headrests on airplane seats.
    My answer to the problem is this: There are two potential positions for any headrest. One is a forward position, for resting your head when you are AWAKE AND READING OR DRIVING. In this position, the head rest is placed well forward. This is the desired position for the driver’s seat in cars. But you would have noticed that in most cars you cant rest you head against the headrest and still be able to see and drive. The headrest is way back than it should be. Beamers are no exception; although the headrest is adjustable, the range of adjustment is limited. That’s a design flaw.

    The second position is for sleeping, where the headrest is well back.

    Now what would you want in an airplane seat? For sleeping? Or for resting AND reading? I guess one should have both the options. That means adjustable headrests. That in turn means extra cost. So what the airlines have done is placed the headrest in a mid position, trying to satisfy all, but ending up with a seat which is good for neither requirement. Hence your problem. The seat pitch (gap between rows) is so small in economy class that there is hardly any place for putting adjustable headrests.

    Also, check out the headrests in the first class. They are perfect. Understandably so.

  9. Nik Shenoy says:

    Ya, same problem. I have to fly tomorrow and I’m probably not going to sleep well. I find I’m a little paranoid about sleeping through my alarm and missing my flight (I’ve come close, but I’ve never actually missed a flight, so this is somewhat weird). I think the other problem is just the odd change in routine for wakeup times, etc.

  10. Jason says:

    Yes, I think most of my problems with flying would be solved if I could afford first class for each trip. Not until I make my first $20million though :)

  11. dagnabit says:

    I agree with quanta – I don’t want to oversleep and miss the flight. But I can rack hard on a plane, so once I’m in the seat, I’m out until we land. So I’ve got that going for me.

  12. Sandy Graemes says:

    I can’t either… I go into "adrenal travel mode" the night before until about 3 hours after I stop travelling– not hungry, not tired, not really awake, and seriously on edge. I hate travelling.

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