Reclining your seat is one way to make uncomfortable air travel more bearable.
However, experts have warned that passengers have been reclining their seat the wrong way all along when trying to sleep.
Putting the seat all the way back not only disturbs other passengers, but can also affect your body.
Andrew Lawrence, president of the Chiropractors Association of Australia, says the best position to feel comfortable in business is just “slightly reclined”.
Passengers should then place a pillow under the spine to maintain the curvature of the lumbar spine and reduce pressure at the junction of the lower back and pelvis.
Andrew told Escape: “As far as the skeleton goes, the pelvis – particularly the ischium, or the hard bones we sit on – and the area where the spine and pelvis meet are subjected to the most pressure when we’re upright and awake sit .
“But when we sleep, the neck takes the most pressure.”
Chair tilt isn’t the only game-changer when it comes to resting on planes — turns out the vast majority of passengers carry their travel pillow incorrectly, too.
dr Michael Breus – or The Sleep Doctor as he’s known to US television audiences – is one of the world’s leading sleep experts and a pro when it comes to sleeping while traveling.
He told News.com.au that we really should turn these pillows on their heads.
He said: “And one thing I tell my clients is if you have a U-shaped neck pillow, turn it over so the bottom of the U is under your chin.
“That’s because your head tends to move, which wakes you up, and turning the pillow keeps your head from moving.”
There are some people who value politeness above their own comfort and are totally against sitting back all the way, saying it’s unfair to the passengers sitting behind.
One anti-lounge chair wrote on Reddit: “There’s nothing worse than when you’ve finally settled into your middle seat between two giant people and the person in front of you reclines their seat.
“You lose half your seat and have to stare at the TV inches from your face.
“We’re all in a tin can, space is limited anyway. I don’t want the person in front of me to withdraw into my personal space.”
A flight attendant told Sun Online Travel how to get the person in front of you to put their chair back up.
They said: “If there’s a medical reason why the person needs extra legroom, maybe we can intervene.
“For example, if you tell us you have a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), we can ask the person in front of you to fold up their seat.
“If it’s a big problem, we can even put you in a seat at the front of the line, or maybe even upgrade you so you have more room to stretch your legs, or so you don’t have to deal with a deck chair.”
Meanwhile, this etiquette expert explained when passengers should and shouldn’t recline their seats.
And this passenger had their laptop destroyed by the person in front reclining their seat.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20547071/passengers-reclining-seat-wrong-plane/ Why you shouldn’t recline your plane seat to sleep according to experts