The Must Do's for a Perfect Sleep on a Long Haul Flight!

Whether it’s the inevitable lack of leg room, the baby kicking and screaming behind you, the constant whirring of the engine or the sun light beaming in on you from your neighbours window, its hardly surprising that so many of us find it impossible to get any shut eye on a long haul flight. But don’t panic that’s where we come in, we have come up with the 5 most important dos and don’ts to ensure you arrive at your next destination with enough beauty sleep, fresh and ready for anything. This week we are focusing on the Do's!


  1. Select your seat wisely.

Your choice of seat is possibly one of the most important factors in ensuring you get some shuteye on a long haul flight. Take the time to pick your seat online prior to arriving at the airport. A window seat is best as it gives you something to lean on. It is also best to avoid the back row!

  1. Be smart with you’re travel accessory choices.

Whilst it’s advised to travel as light as possible, there are a few travel accessory essentials for ensuring some sleep on the flight. A neck pillow and eye mask should most definitely be on your list. As light signals to your body to wake up, an eye mask blocks out this light and can therefore increase levels of melatonin helping you to drift off and stay asleep.

  1. Invest in some sound cancelling headphones

The repetitive drone of the aeroplanes engines can most certainly keep you awake, whilst earplugs provide some relief from this you’re best option is to invest in some noise cancelling headphones. Soothing music can help to send you to sleep but also try out some sleep podcasts. If all this fails you can simply just place the headphones on and they will completely cancel out any light background noise.

  1. Stay hydrated.

It’s important to stay hydrated during a long flight but try to not drink too much to avoid disturbing your sleep. Caffeine free herbal teas can be successful in aiding sleep. Dr Stuarts Valerian Plus tea is a caffeine free Victorian recipe tea available at Holland and Barratt.

  1. Wear loose fitting clothes.

Wear loose fitting clothing to make sure you are comfortable throughout the flight. Except from around the calves where you should wear something tight. Anti DVT socks are a must!

March 21, 2017 — Celia Whitmarsh