To Sleep on the Train or Not to Sleep on the Train

Does anyone know the proper protocol for sleeping on the train? I’m usually solid on the morning commute. I recently woke up, ate my oatmeal, have a cup of green tea in hand…

The ride home is a whole new bag of chips. I’ve been heading home every day either on the 4:51 or the 5:51 trains. The ride is about 43 minutes because the first stop from Penn Station is mine. At this point I really can’t help but to close my eyes and nod off…

I’m writing today because I almost smacked my head into the lady next to me like 4 times. I figured this would keep me awake at least for a little!

So, really, down to the meat an potatoes of it… It’s a great opportunity for a nap. But is it really the best idea? I’m not worried about my belongings because I pretty much have a kong fu ninja grip on it. Traveling at peak times guarantees that the train will be packed and like today I will often be smushed between two strangers.

I can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t be that annoying random person sleeping in close quarters unknowingly resting my head on your shoulder. Like if I flipped the scenario and some stranger was resting their sleeping brow on me… I’d be a little freaked out.

The only solution I can think of is moving forward I need to make sure to secure a window seat. This way I at least have a place to rest my head that won’t be a bother to anyone.

4 thoughts on “To Sleep on the Train or Not to Sleep on the Train

  1. I don’t have any words or wisdom for ya. I have only been a regular on a metro/train in 3 places I’ve lived, Philly – Japan – St. Louis. And each place was not the ideal location to fall asleep in.

    In Philly, I learned to keep my head down, be a sheep and follow the crowd. I didn’t dare close my eyes! Not in the neighborhoods I passed through.

    In Japan, I always had to be alert because I had no idea what they were saying(talked to fast)nor where I was. So I was constantly looking for the written stop name on the wall as we came to the stop. Plus anywhere near Tokyo, there is no sitting. You are packed in ther like clowns in a car.

    And here in St. Louis……It is just like Philly but bumpier and crazy bendy curves in the track.

    But I think you have the right idea. Find a window seat and hold tight to your stuff.

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  2. The worst is when I am very tired, zonk out and then start to lean out into the aisle like a shopwindow dummy. Or when I start to drool. Both very embarrassing. But I’ve trained myself to snap awake at my station stop. That’s the important bit. London commuters are used to a wide variety of travelling sights, and don’t get fazed if someone falls asleep on their shoulder. Snoring however, is another matter. No commuter wants to hear someone snoring.

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    • This is true! I don’t snore, well at least I don’t think I do. I usually set an alarm for a few minutes before the stop.
      Speaking about falling asleep and leaning into the isle…. I did that on a Southwest Flight once and the flight attendant smacked me in the face with the beverage cart 😞 OUCH!

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  3. I’ve lived in NYC, and you are not the only one who does this… I think it’s accepable behavior. The worst is when you miss your stop, but it seems like you have a remedy for this!! Nap away girl 🙂

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