How to sleep comfortably in the backseat of a Car

How to sleep comfortably in the backseat of a Car

Sleeping in the backseat of a car is quite different from sleeping in a bed. In order to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, you need to rest your head on something soft and slightly tilt it so that you don’t wake up with neck pain. There are many people who have tried this without success even after trying various techniques.

If you’re tired of not being able to sleep properly while traveling, here are some useful tips that will help you find comfort no matter how long the trip takes:

1)  Use a neck pillow.

Many people think that neck pillows are only for sleeping during flights, but this is not true. Neck pillows can help you sleep comfortably in the car as well because they give your head some support and keep it from falling on the uncomfortable window or door of the car. There are many types of neck pillows which can be bought at stores near you.

2) Find the perfect spot to rest your head.

If you have empty seats next to you, then use them for resting your head on one side while lying down with your knees bent over the other seat/seatbelt. If there isn’t enough space for both of these things, then lean on backrests instead of windows so that your head falls on the seat and not on the window ledge.

3) Tilt your neck slightly to the side.

As mentioned before, this will help you fall asleep comfortably without having neck pain in the morning. You can lean your neck sideways over a neck pillow for extra support.

4) Keep you legs bent at about 90 degrees.

This position helps take pressure off of your back, making it easier to rest lying down instead of sitting up or leaning against windows/doors which is tiring after some time. You can place one leg under another if there’s enough space or put them both on top of each other if there isn’t any room left in between the two front seats. This position also helps keep you warm since you’re in a heated environment inside of the car.

5) Use coats and blankets to get extra warmth if needed.

If you feel cold, then put on a thick coat or snuggle with a blanket for some added warmth. This is especially helpful in the winter when it’s colder outside.

6) Drink something warm before going to sleep.

Drinking a hot beverage or eating a bagel increases your body temperature, making you feel more tired and sleepy. This is because your body temperature decreases when you sleep which means that drinking something warm will make you more likely to fall asleep quickly once you’re in the car, instead of having to wait until your body reaches its ideal sleeping temperature first. Keep in mind that drinking caffeine can have an opposite effect, making it harder for you to fall asleep as well as keeping you awake after waking up if the effects of caffeine last that long.

7) Bring a mask or shades.

If there is too much light in the car from passing cars, then wear a sleep mask or sunglasses so that your eyes don’t have to deal with all of the light. This will also help block out any noise and relax you so that you can fall asleep faster.

8) Meditate before sleeping using white noise and guided sleep meditations.

Meditating before sleep has been shown to increase deep sleep during night time hours, giving your body more rest than usual which means that falling asleep at night will be easier than if you hadn’t meditated at all. What’s more is that white noise has been shown to be very relaxing before sleeping, making you feel tired without having to listen to music or environmental sounds which can keep you awake for some time. You can find many free white noise sleep meditations on Youtube for this purpose where the audio tracks will help you relax quickly so that your body is ready for sleep.

9) Get up and move around every half an hour if needed.

If you’re feeling stiff after not moving much while stuck in traffic, then open the windows and stretch so that blood starts flowing through your legs again which reduces stiffness with time. If you have access to a GPS system in your car, then use it to plan stops at appropriate times instead of wasting time on the road. Just follow your GPS’s instructions and you’ll reach your destination soon with a feeling of having had enough time to rest as well.

10) Relax before sleeping instead of worrying about things.

If there is something that is stressing you out, then try to do something relaxing like listening to relaxing music or watching TV shows/movies which help calm you down and fight insomnia by making it easier for your mind and body to relax without having any added stress on your end. If you can’t find anything enjoyable at the moment, then meditating or doing yoga has been shown to relieve mental tension as well as some forms of physical discomfort which will make it easier for you to fall asleep once after waking up from such activities.

11) Use the car’s controls if needed.

You can adjust many things in your car including the steering wheel, pedals or sometimes even the front seats themselves for some added comfort. This is especially useful when you’re sitting in one position for too long since it helps move your body enough to get blood flowing through your muscles which reduces stiffness with time thus making it easier for you to fall asleep quickly once after waking up.

12) Drink some caffeine before sleeping if needed.

Drinking small amounts of caffeine before bedtime has been shown to make it easier to fall asleep for some people without having any negative effects on sleep quality during night time hours, especially if you don’t drink caffeine frequently or are tolerant towards caffeine normally. However, keep in mind that drinking too much caffeine can have its negative effects on your sleep quality and reduce the effects of falling asleep easily once.

13) Try some aromatherapy before sleeping if needed.

A few studies suggest that lavender aromatherapy might help you fall asleep for some individuals, especially when combined with other relaxation techniques such as meditation or even while listening to relaxing music which has been shown to help insomniacs fall asleep quickly once they wake up since it calms them down without having to use any medication. If you are unable to find a lavender scented oil, don’t worry since there are many other calming essential oils out there which can be used instead including jasmine, bergamot or chamomile to name a few.

14) Avoid eating too much before sleeping if needed.

If you feel full after accidentally eating something unhealthy at night, then you’re probably going to have a hard time falling asleep since your body will try to digest all that food while you’re trying to fall asleep which can take valuable time from your sleep which means that you’ll be tired the next day without having enough energy for work or anything else in general. If this happens often, then do your best to avoid eating a lot during dinner time and replace snacks with healthier options such as fruits or vegetables which contain many valuable nutrients while being easy on the stomach – it will help you get back to sleep faster without feeling uncomfortable when trying to fall asleep.

15) Limit your alcohol intake.

While drinking alcohol before bedtime has been shown to help you fall asleep quickly for some individuals since it can act as a sedative, it also disrupts sleep later in the night which means that you’ll feel tired without having enough energy which might lead to drowsiness or inability to concentrate during daytime hours. If you have problems with falling asleep easily during the night, then avoid drinking too much alcohol before sleeping since it can reduce overall quality of your sleep by reducing time spent in deep sleep stages thus leading to grogginess and weakness the following day without having enough energy for work or other activities.

16) Breathe deeply if needed.

Most people don’t realize just how important breathing is when it comes to being able to fall asleep quickly without having to deal with tiredness throughout the next day since breathing can impact your heart rate and ultimately your sleep quality. If you want to fall asleep quickly without having problems during nighttime, then it’s a good idea to start practicing diaphragmatic breathing before going to bed so that you can get used to doing it regularly unless you have some sort of respiratory disease which prevents you from doing this naturally.

17) Try progressive muscle relaxation before sleeping if needed.

Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique which has been shown to help insomniacs fall asleep faster for some people by relaxing them down thus making it easier for their mind and body to settle down enough in order for them to feel tiredness creeping in. The technique is simple – just tense and then relax each muscle group in your body one after another while trying to focus on how relaxation feels like which can help you get into bed quickly without having problems with falling asleep.


Hopefully, these tips will help you successfully fall asleep even if you’re sleeping in the backseat of a car since they are based on scientific evidence. However, some people can still have issues with falling asleep even when using one or more of these tips which means that they’ll need to see their doctor for additional diagnosis and treatment if needed. If your problem is more serious, then it might be a good idea to seek professional help before anything else since not doing so can lead to worsening problems associated with insomnia over time. That being said, stay safe and don’t forget to share this article with others who might find it useful as well!

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