How to Sleep on International Flights

Catch some Zs on that long plane ride.
Catch some Zs on that long plane ride. (Image: plane image by JASON WINTER from

So, you've got a 12 hour flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, or maybe its that 22 hour flight from London to Sydney. Either way, you've got a long flight ahead of you. If you want the flight to go by fast, try sleeping on the plane. Assuming you book the right flights and do the right things on the flight, sleeping on an international flight is a feat that can be accomplished.

Sleeping on Internationjal Flights

Try to book a red-eye flight. This way, you will be flying at night, which is an easier time to sleep.

Do the routines on the flight that you would usually do before bed at home. This could mean brushing your teeth before bed.

Pretend you are sleeping in your own bed by bringing the pillows and sheets you sleep with at home.

Consider putting on a blindfold to block out as much light as possible.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can afford it, try booking a business class or first class flight where the beds are more comfortable.
  • Consider sleeping later than normal so you can force yourself to go to sleep.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before you go to sleep, as this will keep you awake.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water before you sleep.

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