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How to Survive Long-Haul Flights

Follow these three rules to make your next trip as painless as possible.

For business professionals who travel frequently, figuring out how to sleep on a plane can be worth its weight in research considering that sleep deprivation can affect endurance, mood and cognitive skills. There are a range of hacks to ease yourself into sleep easily. Depending on what works best for you, these can include: using earplugs, a sleep mask, wearing comfortable clothing, using a donut pillow for neck support and/or selecting a seat in an airplane that suits your sleeping position.

Some other tips:

  1. Avoid flight-induced dehydration by drinking water regularly over several days before your trip. Avoid caffeinated beverages during travel.

  2. Bring a lavender-scented spray to use on your neck pillow.

  3. Wear a baseball cap to pull over your eyes.

  4. Book aircrafts that offer flatbed service, or seats that recline back 180 degrees.

  5. Request a seat next to an empty one when possible.

For more information on ‘how to sleep on a plane,’ read “Surprising Tricks: How to Sleep on a Plane.”

 
 
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