Light sedatives are one way to make flying easier if you have travel anxiety, are switching time zones or just want to beat jet lag at its own game, but you should try them out at home before you hop on the plane. Here's why.
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Sedatives — whether they're over the counter or prescription sleep aids, all come with the unfortunate side effect of light nausea on some people, and you don't want that to be you. When you're stuck on a plane is not the best time to find out the pills make you feel ill or that their effects last for longer than expected, making you groggy as you're trying to navigate the airport or a new city. Do a test run with your sleeping pills before your trip so you know if you're subject to any of the side effects and get an idea of how you react. Try them out two weeks before your departure if you can so you have enough time to find a different brand and do a test run again if you don't do well with the original pills.
Should You Take Sleeping Pills on a Flight? [Conde Nast Traveller]