Snoring On An Airplane: How Not to Embarrass Yourself

Airplane cabin with people looking at entertainment monitors. Snoring on an airplane

Flying is not everyone’s favorite way of traveling. The sensation of being up so high and not being able to “get out of the vehicle” can make people feel quite claustrophobic and in need of air.

However, there’s something else that causes a fear of flying (especially on long, exhausting flights), and it’s not the height. Instead, it’s the fear of falling asleep and starting to snore so loud people around you are bothered. If you’re a snorer or have traveled with someone who snores, you surely know what I’m talking about.

If you snore on a regular basis, chances are you’ll snore on your flight, too. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. There are many ways to stop snoring, or at least mitigate it, that you can start on right away.

Here’s what to do before and during your flight to minimize your chances of snoring on an airplane. These tips can help ensure you and everyone around you sleeps peacefully.

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when tissues of your nostrils and throat vibrate. This is a result of air not moving smoothly through your airways. These vibrations manifest through those annoying sounds of snoring.

This can be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, being overweight, having nasal problems or excessive intake of alcohol or tobacco. Other factors such as your gender, genes and age also influence the probability and intensity of snoring.

So we know what causes it, but how do you keep from snoring on an airplane? Try doing these things and your snoring will likely improve.

Anti-snoring devices. Snoring on an airplane

Anti-Snoring devices

You can reduce snoring by using devices that open your airways and make the air move more smoothly. You can find nasal strips that claim to reduce snoring very well. Your dentist can also help you choose the best anti-snoring oral appliance.

Allergy treatment

If you suffer from allergies, you can minimize snoring on an airplane if you start your allergy treatment on time. Use saline spray, a neti pot or other nasal sprays that help with allergies. This way you will reduce nasal congestion which will result in more quiet sleeping time.

Change your position

Sitting upright with your head falling behind might make your tongue fall back and block your airway. If you’re taking a long-distance flight, try making yourself sit up as much as possible, or try to sleep on your side.

CPAP therapy

If you have sleep apnea, the solution might be in a CPAP machine to help keep your airways open. There are new models of these machines that are small enough to be helpful in reducing snoring on airplanes.

Wine bottles. Snoring on an airplane

Avoid alcohol

Alcohol intake is one of the most common culprits of snoring. When we drink alcohol, our muscles relax (including our throat muscles), which results in snoring. If you want to make sure you don’t disturb people around you on your next flight, cut off your alcohol consumption. It is also one of the first things you have to avoid if you want to stop waking up tired.

About Kristina Lalovic


Kristina has been curious about animals since her early childhood. Growing up around dogs helped her understand our pets better and gain interest about their world, health and behavior. She's the editor at different websites in the health niche and pet niche.

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