How To Sleep On A Plane In Cattle Class [Infographic]

How To Sleep On A Plane In Cattle Class [Infographic]
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The problem with overseas travel from Australia is that everything is so bloody far. By the time you reach your destination, you’re usually grumpy, jet lagged and sleep-deprived, which isn’t an ideal way to start a work trip or holiday. A good night’s sleep can make a world of difference — but that’s easier said that done. The following infographic from Work the World explains everything you need to sleep on planes effectively; including some novel positions that you might not have thought of.

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Work the World is a work-placement organisation servicing healthcare students looking to gain experience overseas. While primarily aimed at travelling students, the below infographic is relevant to anyone who needs to take a long haul flight. It covers everything from travel inventory (noise-cancelling headphones are a must) to sleeping positions. Check out the full range of tips below.

How To Sleep On A Plane In Cattle Class [Infographic]

[Via Work the World ]

This story has been updated since its original publication.


  • On our way to Thailand, no rules, so they let us sleep on the floor in front of the seat and as I got the emergency exit my wife and I had room together. Tried it on the way back and “no dice”, I guessed it was the stricter WHS laws of flying into Australia.

  • Melatonin works well. It won’t make you sleep. But will help send the right messages that it’s time to sleep. Thereafter, with some other aids, it’ll be easier to drop off.

    I’m pleased the above advice hasn’t included sleeping tablets or sedatives. These may sound tempting but have many disadvantages – hangover effect, increased thrombosis risk, paradoxical agitated confusion and so on. But the kicker is that if there is an emergency and/or rapid evacuation is necessary, being drugged will make it harder to respond.

    The best way – stump up for a lie-flat seat. An expensive luxury if travelling privately. But any business traveller can reasonably ask their employer if it’s an option. ATO is in favour – international business tickets are tax deductible and not subject to FBT. Rationale being you can sleep so will be productive on arrival and so don’t need to waste time on “rest days”.

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