The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays unless you were stuck in the airport half the time, right? If you have big plans to travel a lot this season to see family and friends, but you suffer from joint pain, you may be dreading the long flight sand sleeping in stiff beds. To help you sleep more comfortably while traveling, we have created a list of a few basic things for you to do.
Take NSAIDs Beforehand
Before you even sit down on your flight, consider taking some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen; that way you can get ahead of the pain before it even starts.
If you are going on an exceptionally long flight, you are probably going to want to catch up on your z’s. Rather than using one of those cheap polyester pillows supplied by the airlines, give your neck and shoulders a little bit more support and buy a neck pillow. When shopping for a neck pillow, look for one that is stiff and solid so that it will actually hold your head up and support your neck.
Bring Your Own Pillow
We all have our favorite pillows and we know just how much of a difference they can make on how well we sleep at night. To make sure that you don’t run into any extra back or neck pain while you’re traveling, bring your own pillow with you. A lot of airlines will let you carry-on your pillow or you can just pack it in your luggage; either way, you won’t regret having it.
Ask for Extra Pillows
Giving your back, spine, knees, and joints support while you’re sleeping is key and the best way to do that is with extra pillows. If you are staying with family or at a hotel, ask them for extra pillows to use at night. That way you can proper yourself up and really make sure you are supporting your back.
Traveling doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Use the tips in this article to sleep better while you’re away for the holidays. To learn more, contact us at our Merrillville office at (219) 795-3360.