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How to survive long haul flights

September 21, 2017

With my work in the role of Executive Coach I find more and more of us live with the reality that much of the working year means lots of time at airports and on planes; Ally Feiam shares with use some tips on how to survive these long haul flights…



Going from A to B isn’t as easy as it seems. Flights from Australia (especially south-east Australia; I’m looking at you, Melbourne) to pretty much anywhere in the world can sometimes take over twenty-four hours, so here are some tips to help you survive those long hauls, and arrive on foreign soil feeling refreshed.


Have A Good Night’s Sleep

An essential tip for avoiding jet lag is getting a good night’s sleep a few days leading up to the flight. Allied Pickfords offer their advice for those who don’t want to disrupt their circadian rhythms. “People often end up having slept for just a few hours before a long flight - whether it's due to pre-flight excitement or a deliberate attempt to tire yourself out so that you'll sleep through the flight. Big mistake. Last minute changes to your routine will only make it harder to adjust to new time zones, and getting a good night's sleep before your flight will leave you better equipped to cope with jet lag.” Find out more about Allied Pickfords by following them on Facebook.


Get On The Plane Sleepy

Shane Warren from Shane Warren Coaching & Counselling Services offers his advice for those who can’t manage to sleep on the plane. “Get on the plane tired. That's right, get there in a way that your natural body need for rest, meaning you will have at least a doze, if not a good sleep. As few of us can actually sleep on the plane, no matter what seat we are lucky enough to have.” Find out more about Shane Warren by following him on Facebook and Instagram.


Sleep On The Flight

If you’re flying from Melbourne to London, you’ll have time to sleep on the plane. While some try to avoid it, it’s a good idea to get some shut eye whilst in the air. Amie Skilton from What The Naturopath Said explains further. “Use good earplugs and an eye mask to block natural light if it's night time where you are headed and/or use blue blocking glasses to filter blue-wave light if you're watching a movie on the plane or working on the computer.” Find out more about What The Naturopath Said by following her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol may loosen you up and help you relax in flight, but it’s a dehydrating substance that can muddle up your circadian rhythm (your body clock). Dana Rader from