How to sleep on a long-haul flight

21st Jan 2017

How to sleep on a long-haul flight

1. Opt to fly on a Boeing 787 if possible. It uses higher air pressure to boost the levels of oxygen in your bloodstream, improving comfort.

2. Organise a busy day before the flight to tire yourself out – don’t spend it by the pool.

3. On the plane, set your watch to the arrival time zone. Not only will that help minimise jet lag, but it will also focus your mind on the need to get some rest. You start adjusting your clock from 2 days before flying by back warding or forwarding your clock, it depends where you are flying to and it’ll minimise the jet lag.

4. Resist the film selection; the screen’s blue light will make your brain feel awake. Instead, read a book and drink two glasses of red wine and lots of water. Also consider a mild, over-the-counter sedative.

5. Put a sleep mask and ear plugs on – they’re provided for a reason. Use a travel pillow, but rotate it to the front for a nod-free flight. See you on the other side.

Safe travels

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