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Best Positions For Sleeping In Transit


Over the last few years I've gone out of my way to perform extensive research on the best methods for getting a good night's sleep when confined to a single seat. Here are my notes on a few cosy positions.

The Nodding Dog

Level of flexibility required: Beginner

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 10 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: Minimal

The Ballerina

Level of flexibility required: Advanced

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 30 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: High

The Slattern

Level of flexibility required: Intermediate

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 20 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: Moderate

The Awkward Foetus

Level of flexibility required: Intermediate

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 30 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: Moderate

The Bracket

Level of flexibility required: Beginner

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 15 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: Minimal

The Ball of String

Level of flexibility required: Intermediate

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 30 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: High

The Coy Magpie

Level of flexibility required: Beginner

Length of uninterrupted sleep achievable: 20 minutes

Annoyance to neighbours: Moderate

I personally find that if a routine for alternating these positions is firmly in place, you can get a few hours of barely interrupted sleep at a time. If you are travelling in less crowded conditions, the best position to take is The Prima Donna, which involves stretching out over as many seats as possible. I hope that this handy guide enriches your travel experience.


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