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Great Tips for Getting Sleep on Long Flights to Fiji

By Shane Hussein Posted 24 Feb 2014

Tropical paradise, Fiji, is a haven for rest and relaxation, however, it can take a long journey to get there – Fiji Airways flies to its homeland from various ports around the world including Los Angeles  (10.5 hrs) or Honolulu (around 6hrs), Hong Kong (around 10.5 hours), Auckland (roughly 3 hours) and Melbourne (around 4.5 hours), to name a few. While it’s always optimal to arrive at your holiday destination feeling refreshed and alert, for many people sleeping on long-haul flights can be a challenge. Whether it’s the noise, the lights or the seating, these can all contribute to a body that just can’t get to sleep during an international flight.
Apart from wanting to feel “raring to go” when you arrive, you also need to get as much sleep as possible during the flight so that you don’t fall victim to the symptoms of jetlag. Spend a long flight wide awake and you might find yourself suffering from fatigue, impaired concentration, nausea, insomnia or irritability – all nasty symptoms that really don’t help to get your trip off to a great start. Luckily though, there are some tried and true techniques that you can utilise during your flight to help you sleep better, reduce the effects of jet lag and give you more quality time at your destination.

•    When it comes to being able to sleep on a plane, as in real estate you can say that it’s “position, position, position”! While it’s great if you can fly business or first class and enjoy the comforts of a flat bed, for most people this just isn’t an option. Instead, consider paying a bit extra for an exit row where you’ll have more space to stretch out your legs. If you’re stuck with a standard seat, then the next best option to help you grab some shuteye in flight is the window seat. One of the most difficult things about sleeping on a plane is finding somewhere to rest your head comfortably, so having a window to lean against can be a huge help. Ball up pillows, blankets or clothing before you prop your head against the frame and you’re much more likely to be able to get to sleep on a long flight. Do be aware though that the major problem with this seat choice is that anytime you need to go to the bathroom you’ll have to disturb the two other passengers in your row.

•    If you find yourself stuck in the middle seat then probably the best sleeping position involves utilising your tray table. Fold the table down and either cross your arms over it to use as a head rest, or alternatively make use of pillows or blankets instead. This position enables you to stay in the one spot for a decent amount of time, but unfortunately you can be woken up by the person in front of you – if they suddenly put their seat up then you’ll find yourself moving as well! Travellers who are seated on the aisle can either opt for the tradition sleeping pose (think seat back as far as it will go, legs stretched out and head occasionally lolling from one side to the other) or else try the position often called “the crab”. This involves kicking your legs off to the side or wrapping them over the end armrest and snuggling, side-on, into the seat. While this can be more comfortable than the traditional position, you might find yourself regularly bumped by flight attendants pushing food and beverage carts up the aisle.

•    Another way to help you get better quality rest while on board an airplane is to make use of a variety of sleeping aids. If you find that too much light hinders your sleep, opt for a good quality eye mask that you can use as a block out – you can often purchase one of these from a chemist or gift shop for ten dollars or less. Similarly, if plane or passenger noise bothers you then choose from the variety of fantastic headphones or earplugs that you can bring on board to keep the noise to a minimum. Prices for these vary according to the quality and durability of the item, but you can pick up cheap earplugs from only a couple of dollars. Many passengers also find that the cold temperature of planes keeps them awake. Combat this issue by not just using the airline’s blanket but by also bringing your own fold-up option, or a thick scarf or shawl, to use to stay rugged up.

•    To minimise the effects of jet lag and not spend precious holiday time struggling with your jumbled body clock, the general rule is, when flying from West to East, sleep as much as possible. However, on the reverse direction, when flying from East to West, try staying awake as much as possible.

Now that you have some ideas on how to sleep peacefully on your next international flight, it might be time to considering booking some cheap flights with Fiji Airways. The tropical South Pacific is the perfect place to head for some much needed rest and relaxation, and you can continue the down time you enjoy on the flight when you arrive!

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