If you’ve got a long flight coming up – particularly one that travels overnight – you might already be thinking about how you’re going to make sure to get some sleep.
There is nothing worse than knowing you’re arriving at your destination at 6am in the morning and not being able to check in to your hotel until later, so we thought we’d get some tips to make sure you can get some shut-eye while in the sky.
Laura Garside is an Australian cabin crew member for Emirates and has revealed one thing she always drinks before a flight to make sure she sleeps well – whether she’s working or travelling as a passenger.
“If I can, I try to plan my sleep before the flight according to which break I am on, that way I am well and truly ready for it,” Garside tells 9Honey.
“Chamomile tea is also my go to.”
As a member of the cabin crew, Garside said they are assigned legal rest on long-haul flights.
”The time is dependent on the duration of the flight and also the time in which it takes to carry out our award winning service onboard,” she adds.
“An average break on the long haul flight for us would be between 2.5-3.5 hours, which enables us to rest and recharge.”
As a passenger, she recommends making use of some of the kit bags provided by airlines.
“They contain a few useful items; eyeshades, ear plugs and socks! Get comfy and watch a movie or two, perhaps something you’ve already seen before to help you doze off,” she suggests.
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The obvious solution to ‘how do I get the best possible sleep on a long flight?’ is fly business class! – which isn’t exactly affordable or practical for most of us.
For those stuck in cattle class, Cunnington suggests investing in things that enable you to control light exposure and the environment around you.
“For me, that’s eye shades, noise-cancelling headphones and some snacks,” he says. Then I can just sit in my little seat and [be] in my own little world.”
Interestingly, Cunnington explains that many airlines are investing in jet lag management research that helps passengers adjust to long-haul flights (thereby adding value to their airfares): adjusting lighting levels in planes and lounges, serving particular meals at particular times, and so on.
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