Ideas on how to sleep on a long haul flight.

Old Feb 5th, 2020, 01:56 PM
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Try rubbing your hands with lavender oil and taking periodic sniffs.
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Old Feb 5th, 2020, 03:02 PM
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Nooooooooooo.... please don't stink up the plane for the rest of us ;-)
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 02:09 PM
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How to sleep on a long flight

Sleep a short period of time the night before to ensure drowsiness, and don't consume any kind of caffeine during the day. Bring a sleep mask on board and ear plugs as well just in case they are not given on flight. I always suggest bringing a pillow as well and using the tray in front of me to sleep on.
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 04:00 PM
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This week I tried something different from my usual for flying. I have restless leg syndrome, and it gets really bad on planes. I used to be able to use melatonin, but that doesn't work anymore for this for me. Advil PM, even just one, makes me really groggy and I feel hungover, so I don't like that, and sometimes it wires me instead. I asked my dr about this a few weeks ago and she prescribed Xanax for the flights. It worked like a charm! I did not drink any alcohol, as they suggest not to with this, and I do not drink caffeine. I used the tray table and just put the pillow on that and leaned forward and I got some great sleep, about 6 hours, and was not groggy at all and did not feel drugged. Just relaxed. Best part, my legs were great. I was hesitant to take this, as I have never taken an anxiety med before, but it did the trick. One pill each direction is all I needed.
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Old Feb 7th, 2020, 08:39 PM
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It also depends on the difference between local time at departure and destination.
A 10 hour "red eye" flight leaving Los Angeles at 9pm local PST and arriving in London at 3pm local GMT is in fact a daytime flight.
From the perspective of your holiday destination, you'll be traveling from 5am till 3pm.
If you were able to take a longer midday nap on your departure day, and just tried to get another "midday" nap once you were done with dinner on board, you'd have set your inner clock much closer to London time than if you slept 7 hours on the plane.
I just did the latter last Sunday. And it was not that smart as I'm still strugging to get back into my proper time zone.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 05:03 AM
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If you plan on using a new drug as a sleep aid, test it at home to make sure you won't have an abnormal reaction to it while on your flight.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 06:43 AM
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How do people get to the bathroom if they sit next to someone in an aisle or middle seat who leans over their table tray, puts their pillow on it and goes to sleep for 6 hours?
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 07:09 AM
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Odin--I only do that if I am with family, as I almost always am, so it isn't an issue at all. I took the window seats and my husband was in the middle, so I did not inconvenience anyone.

ajpeabody--Yes, that would be the smart thing to do.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Odin View Post
How do people get to the bathroom if they sit next to someone in an aisle or middle seat who leans over their table tray, puts their pillow on it and goes to sleep for 6 hours?
That's pretty obvious. You wake up the person so you can go to the bathroom.
And if he or she has a problem with that, one can suggest to take the private jet next time.
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Old Feb 8th, 2020, 08:23 AM
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cowboy--absolutely!
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Old Feb 10th, 2020, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Odin View Post
How do people get to the bathroom if they sit next to someone in an aisle or middle seat who leans over their table tray, puts their pillow on it and goes to sleep for 6 hours?
I've never seen that happen. I don't think anyone would do that if they had a lie-flat seat like the OP.

On a widebody the international business class seats are often 2x2x2 or 1x2x1. The two seats between the aisles both have aisle access.

SWISS has 5 across on 77W. It goes:
1x2x2
2x2x1
1x2x2
...

You have to pay up to get the single window-side seat.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2020, 08:41 PM
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On long flights were I will have a large time zone change, its worth trying too adjust your sleep pattern a week before traveling (going to bed and/or waking a bit earlier every day for example), which will help with the inevitable jet lag. And on flight day, I wake up early, maybe even reducing my sleep time that night (such as instead of sleeping a usualy 7-8 hours, sleep only 5 or 6). This way I will fall asleep quickly once I finally get on the flight.
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Old Feb 25th, 2020, 03:58 PM
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Since I can't sleep on a plane, if I tried that (sleeping less)... I would just be all that much more exhausted upon arrival.
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