Sleeping well on long flights is an art that most people haven't mastered. Software developer and frequent flier John Graham-Cummings has put a lot of thought and practice into getting good sleep on a long-haul flight, and he's full of helpful tips.
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For example, Graham-Cummings says that in order to sleep well, you should ignore everything around you and focus on one thing only: sleep.
The rule of sleeping on a plane is that that is all you do. You do not eat, you do not read, you do not watch a movie, you do not think about the time: you do nothing but sleep... After take-off, recline the seat and prepare to sleep. Tell the person sitting next to you that you are going to sleep and do not need [to be woken]up for meals. (At least once, a helpful person has woken me for a meal I didn't want.) Tell the crew that you do not want any food now, or before landing (you can always change your mind about the latter if you are awake when breakfast is served).
He also has some other interesting tips, including on how to wear a neck pillow comfortably, so hit up the full post for more well-worn suggestions. What's your true-and-tried method for sleeping long-transit flights? Let us know in the comments below.
How to sleep on a long haul flight [John Graham-Cummings]