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June 06, 2017

Snoozing in the clouds

Meredith Woo gives suggestions on how to get some shut-eye on a long-haul flight

Meredith Woo

Dress comfortably

Forget the skinny jeans or that tight-fitting shirt. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that won’t restrict movement. If you are on a business trip, you can change into a suit towards the end of the flight or at the airport.

Get a window seat

If you are a side sleeper, you can consider sitting on the left or right side of the plane, depending on your dominant resting position. The window seat offers a place to lean and allows you to control the window’s light exposure.

Avoid alcohol

Although alcohol may lull you to sleep, this effect is usually temporary. The air in the plane is already very dry, so drinking a diuretic could dehydrate you more quickly, making you wind up with a headache and parched throat.

Create space

Bring a smaller carry-on that will give you more legroom when you are sleeping. Alternatively, stash it in the overhead compartment.

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