Ignore The Aeroplane Food To Sleep Well On A Long Flight

Ignore The Aeroplane Food To Sleep Well On A Long Flight

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]


    • Your comment is a joke. Do you think flight attendants take note on every traveler that are sleeping and report ASAP to allow police to stop you before you leave the airport? Come on…

  • I can see this idea not really being very useful.

    First of all, most of the long haul flights I’ve ever taken have been 11-16 hours (usually with an equally long flight after a stopover of a few hours), and I don’t ever get that much sleep in any 24 hour period, even in the best conditions – so I can’t reserve the whole flight time solely for sleep.

    Secondly, even if you can snag a window seat, so you’re not asked to allow people past to go to the toilet (and have no need to go yourself), in my experience the crew always ask people to return their seats to the most upright position during meal times. Although I’ve never seen them wake a sleeping passenger to ask them to comply with that, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they did.

  • i eat meals drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep with the aid of my little friend sleeping pill. Some of those little guys zonk me out so hard I could fall asleep standing in the aisle.

  • I cant sleep when I’m hungry, I cant go Melbourne to LA without food (in addition to the supplied meals i have to have 4 packs of chips and 5 packs of biscuits on the V Australia self serve snack bar.

    If the suggester is talking about sub 10 hour flights then its more practical, but those aren’t long haul, they are medium haul.

    Not to mention if i font get an isle seat, i hate people that sleep immediately.

    Sleeping too much on a plane could hurt your ability to get over jetlag, depending on the length of sleep and the timezone differences.

  • I often fly Indianapolis to Tokyo and I find that I just stay up the whole night before and the first leg of the trip. I sleep perfectly the second leg and wake up just in time for breakfast and landing.

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