A recommendation for nearly any flight, alcohol increases your body temperature, brings on dehydration and wreaks havoc on your ability to get a little shut eye. Stick with water and grab a bottle in the terminal before your flight.
Tucked out of the way when passengers are making a move to the bathroom or while attendants flit about in the aisles, a window seat offers your best chance for rest during a red-eye. Children and families are generally seated at the back of the plane, so if you are serious about sleeping, request a seat towards the front.
Whether sleeping through unexpected hotel renovations or drowning out the sound of your snoring seatmate, earplugs and a sleep mask are your best bet to getting a good night’s sleep while travelling. The mask makes it easy to block out sunlight, while earplugs do the same for any unwanted noise.
It is amazing how much of a difference removing your shoes can make during a flight – but no one appreciates the scent your weary feet. Pack an extra pair of socks in your carry on to relax and keep warm during your overnight flight.
Some folks indulge in a little late night snack or glass of warm milk. Others have to get in a few pages of the latest sci-fi thriller before they can close their eyes. Whatever your usual pre-bedtime routine, adhere to it, and your usual bedtime, as much as possible. In addition to the pillows and blankets generally provided by the airline, red-eye flight attendants are often sympathetic to passengers travelling through the night, so if a second pillow or glass of water will make the journey that much easier, be sure to ask.