Booking a first-class seat that doubles as a bed might be the best bet for sleeping on a plane, but what's a girl to do when her bank account calls for coach? Well, no matter *where* your seat is, you're still going to want to focus on getting some quality rest to set you up for a healthier trip. That's because not getting enough sleep majorly multiplies your chances of catching a basic cold (like from that jerk sitting in front of you not covering his mouth when he sneezes). And whether you're traveling for work or for pleasure, no one has time for that.
"Sleep is a complex puzzle," says Raj Dasgupta, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. And of course, everybody's different, so there are no hard-and-fast rules. Can you sleep through the wails of crying babies? Skip the headphones. (And count us jealous.) But these tips, courtesy of top sleep docs, are a good place to start if you want to get some shut-eye the next time you find yourself thousands of feet above the ground.