Flying and Airports
Information on flying, airports, what to do to pass the time and any other advice i think may come in useful when hitting the sky's.
Overnight flights can be a horror story if you don't manage to get any sleep. You arrive in your new destination, tired, grumpy and not wanting to do anything. I am sure many of you that have had overnight flights share my pain, and would've loved to be able to get a few hours sleep, because it makes all the difference to your first day away. Here are my tips for how i manage to get to sleep, and hopefully stay asleep while on overnight flights, and wake up as refreshed as possible for that first day in the new country.
Get a Window Seat- For me this make all the difference. And can be the difference between getting sleep and getting no sleep. Whenever i get to the check in desk i always ask if i can have a window seat, and most of the time they can sort me one out. This means that you're not going to be disturbed when you finally get to sleep, by someone needing the toilet and no one will be moving you around. You can also just lean up it, most flights you get pillows, if not ask for one, or use your jumper or something. Lean it against the window, and you can rest your head and hopefully nod off. For me this makes all the difference.
Lean your Seat Back- The further you can lean your seat back the better, because the more you are in the natural sleeping position you are used to. So lean your seat back as far as it will go. Then you can just get into a position that is comfiest for you, either on your back or on your side, or if you have a window seat you can just lean against the window.
Alcohol- Many people and articles tell you not to drink alcohol if you want to sleep on a flight, but for me it helps you relax, feel chilled out and sleep. Most long haul flights it is free too so have some wine with your food and a few glasses after while chilling, and i think it will almost definitely make your eyes heavy, and make you feel sleepy.
Bring Sleeping Items- This is another make or break one. There are a few items you should pack, that are going to make all the difference to whether you get any sleep or not while on that flight.
Have a Busy/Long day Before- If you get up early and have a really busy day before you fly, you're going to be super tired for your flight. You want to make yourself be yawing on the way to the airport and when going through security. If you're already tired, you are going to sleep much easier on the plane. Obviously you need to get a reasonably good night's sleep before you fly. But if you have a busy and active day, where you do lots rather than just sitting around, your body is going to be much more ready and eager to sleep.
Watch a few Movies- Just in general chill before you sleep, don't get on the flight and try and get to sleep straight away, watch some television, eat some food, read a book for a few hours, get your body used to the seat and then maybe listen to some music, close your eyes and allow yourself to drift off. Letting your body get comfortable with your surroundings is also going to make sleeping much easier, rather than rushing into it.
Sleep after Food- For me this does it. You know when you eat a big meal, you always feel like a nap after. Well yeah, after you eat dinner on the plane would be the perfect time to sleep. A lot of articles it will tell you not to eat too much, but i for sure as hell can't sleep on an empty stomach, so eat a load and go into a food coma, the perfect and easiest way to get to sleep on a plane for me is after eating. Obviously don't eat loads of sugary food like sweets and chocolate. I mean like carby foods like sandwiches, pasta, potatoes that aren't going to give you a sugar rush.
Get Comfortable- Just in general get into whatever position you feel comfortable, it doesn't matter what you look like as long as you get some sleep. Take your shoes off and rest your legs. Put down the table to rest your head on it, just do whatever works for you.