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Business Travel Hack: How to get a good night's sleep when you're flying long haul

Business Travel Hack: How to get a good night's sleep when you're flying long haul

Flying in business class on long-haul journeys used to be the norm for business travellers, but in an ever changing economic climate, things have definitely changed over the years. The Business Travel Magazine recently reported that long haul Business Class fares are expected to rise by 3.5% globally in 2018, meaning corporate travellers will have to undertake seats in lower classes to get to their business travel destinations to help control their business travel spend.

So, for when you do not have the luxury of flying at the front of the plane, here are 5 ways you can still get a good night's sleep without your fully flat bed and on tap service…

#1 Dress Comfortably

If you’re not planning on being greeted at the airport by a prospect, then dress comfortably. Feeling restricted whilst wearing business clothing isn't ideal when you're trying to catch a few hours on a long haul flight, so keep it casual for optimum comfort.

#2 Keep Hydrated

Air Travel can contribute to a significant amount of water loss, so it's best to keep hydrated. Try to stay away from caffeine or alcohol fuelled beverages, not only will it help to alleviate Jet-lag (we have some handy tips here for that too) but your skin and body will thank you later.    

#3 Eat Right

Along with drinking right comes eating healthily too. We know how hard it can be trying to stay healthy on the road when you travel for business, but this step should not be skipped, as food plays a pivotal part in your sleeping patterns. A top tip is to try to resist food in high carbohydrates not only on the date of travel (stay clear of the pre-flight full English) but also the day before you fly, to alleviate any bloating which could interfere with your planned rest.

#4 Turn off the Tech

As we all are aware, technology has progressed and our devices have become lighter and brighter. Whilst this is fantastic, the bright blue light emitted from our devices can stop the production of Melatonin (the hormone essential for our bodies to get a restful sleep). The lights convince the body that natural sunlight is entering the eyes meaning it is still daytime, so try to ditch the tech up to 30 minutes before you plan to get as much rest possible.

Top Tip - If you are an Android user try downloading F.lux - this handy app changes the colour of your device's display, claiming to provide a better night's sleep after using your gadgets!

#5 Relax and use your amenity kit

Most airlines will offer an amenity kit filled with everything you need for a long haul flight such as; eye mask, blanket, pillow and earplugs. Use them to your advantage, recline your seat and try to relax.

Do you have any tips for getting a good night's sleep on a long haul flight? If so, then we’d love to hear from you! just comment in the box below....

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