Sleeping pills

I am just getting off of a flight to New York and was reminded of this article from the NY Times about the increasing number of people taking sleeping pills.

“Americans are taking sleeping pills like never before, fueled by frenetic workdays that do not go gently into a great night’s sleep, and lulled by a surge of consumer advertising that promises safe slumber with minimal side effects.” (NYT)

“Another problem associated with using sleeping pills is a condition commonly called traveler’s amnesia, in reference to the frequent use by people who travel across time zones. Such amnesia can occur when people return to daytime activities too quickly after taking the drugs.” (NYT)

My anecdotal evidence from flying frequently is that almost everybody around me is popping a pill. Thankfully, most of the people getting up are not sleepwalking, they are just clumsily tripping over me on the way to the bathroom.

I have my own approach to sleeping on the plane, a couple of glasses of wine following a week’s worth of my son Yehuda waking us at the crack of dawn, normally puts me out. In fact, as the name of this blog would bear out, I sleep better on the plane than at home.

But for those of you, not fortunate enough to hear the little pitter patter at dawn
or long chats with older children at night, here comes a new airplane sleep aid brought to us by This service allows you to post when you are flying and find a companion booked on that same flight with similar interests. Or, for the truly bored, you might even switch your flight to join a companion on a similarly-timed flight.

I have given this airtroductions concept a lot of thought and tried to figure out how it could match my needs. So here goes: I am looking for a very boring person who flies to New York often and will put me to sleep very quickly.

[Originally published on 12th February 2006 by MIchael Eisenberg]