Whether you take one flight a year or one a week, you’ve probably discovered how tough it can be to get a decent sleep on a plane. The seats are narrow, there’s not a lot of leg room and the people sitting next to you are often all elbows, peanuts and screeching headphones. As you toss and turn, lift up your legs to let people pass, and wonder if your neck will ever recover, the plane flies on to your business or holiday destination. So when you arrive, looking a little like Keith Richards, all you’re capable of is snapping at people. Not a great way to start a meeting or a vacation.
So how do you sleep on a plane? What are the tricks those Hollywood stars use so they arrive looking more glamorous than Angelina Jolie at a premiere? For starters, they probably book one of those lie-flat premium seats and have a stylist on hand to brush out their bird’s nest.
For most of us, however, first class isn’t an option. Instead we have to try to be better prepared and think smarter. Read the 5 tips below and hopefully you’ll enjoy a better snooze on your next flight and arrive at your destination ready to seize the day!
Tip #1 Time Check
Before you’ve even left the tarmac there a couple of things you can do. First, try and book a late night flight. Hopefully after all the packing, organising and rushing to the airport, you’ll be naturally tired, which could help you sleep better.
During your flight, keep your watch on Australian time, so you know when you should be sleeping and for how long. If you can, stick with your normal sleep patterns. For example, if you normally go to bed at 11pm, aim for shut-eye at that time. And if you wake up at 6.30am, set your alarm for that time, rather than when the flight attendant arrives with a loud voice and a tray of dinner.