If a bedroom is the optimal place for a good night’s sleep, an airport might be the polar opposite. Airports can feel engineered specifically to keep you awake and in a constant state of frenetic anxiety. From the blindingly white lights to the sterile looking (and not exactly cozy) concourses, not to mention the robotic boarding calls every couple of minutes, airports aren’t even faintly conducive to sleep. Unfortunately, airports also happen to be a public space where people often do need sleep.
Despite all of the things working against getting some shut eye at the airport, there are tricks. Few know them as well as Donna McSherry, editor of SleepinginAirports.net.