If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels abroad (and there are many), it’s that it’s a huge plus if you can get some real sleep on the overnight flight to your destination. Not only do you feel better that first day as you’re running around taking in all the amazing new sights, you’ll also be better off for the days that follow.
Sometimes though, it’s just not that easy to sleep on a plane. Sometimes it’s physically uncomfortable. Sometimes you are too excited. Sometimes there’s a baby screaming in your ear.
But there are things you can do to make sleep more likely on a long overnight flight. And this article has some good ideas. They frame it as advice for business passengers, but of course it’s just as applicable if you're traveling for fun.
They outline five main suggestions, and I’ll let you read them for yourself. For me though, highlights included not drinking a bunch of alcohol, wearing comfortable clothes, and packing creature comforts in your carry-on (i.e. don’t be afraid to bring your teddy bear).
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