There is nothing worse than arriving at your holiday destination exhausted and grumpy. These tips for getting a good night’s sleep while flying will help you to make the most of your trip.
One: Tire yourself out
Don’t get on the flight jittery with nerves and inactivity and expect to sleep. If you can, do some exercise on the day of your flight. Not only will you be tired and more likely to sleep, the endorphins will also help you to relax.
Two: Get comfortable
Two hours into your flight nobody will care what you look like, including you. You’ll just be regretting those tight pants which yes, admittedly, do make your stomach look flat, but they also cut into your midsection something shocking. Nobody could be expected to sleep like that. Bring a tracksuit, or even your pyjamas, in your carry-on luggage. Remember your thick fluffy socks and, when it’s time to hit the hay, go change in one of the onboard bathrooms. I guarantee everyone else will be jealous as you drift off in cosy comfort.
Three: Sit back and relax
Part of drifting off to sleep is relaxing beforehand. Make use of the in-flight facilities. Choose a movie you think you’ll really enjoy and sit back with a glass of complimentary wine. You don’t have to finish the movie, either. If you can feel yourself getting tired, just pause the movie, settle in, and you can go back to where you left off later in the flight.
Four: Dark and quiet
If you talk to any sleep hygienist, the first thing they will tell you is that a dark, quiet environment is ideal for getting a good night’s sleep. This may not be possible if your neighbours are reading with the light on or talking to one another, so step onto the plane prepared with ear plugs, an eye mask and a neck pillow for extra comfort.
Five: Do not disturb
Most aeroplane seats come with a do-not-disturb sign, or you can let the air host know that you wish to sleep uninterrupted. Being woken up from a deep sleep can make you feel awful, and you may not be able to drift off again, so try to avoid this scenario.
Bonus tip: for those who really struggle to sleep on long-haul flights, most chemists do sell natural herbal relaxants to help you drift off with ease. If you are going to take these, or anything stronger, be sure to alert your doctor beforehand so you can ensure there are no mishaps with mixing medication or nasty side-effects.
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