I’m an ex-flight attendant – why I never sleep on planes when going on holiday… and you shouldn’t too

A former flight attendant has revealed why he never sleeps on a plane when he goes on holiday – and why you shouldn’t either.

Bobbie Laurie said that staying awake during a long flight can help you overcome jet lag when landing.

This man will regret falling asleep on his flight for a long time


This man will regret falling asleep on his flight for a long timePhoto credit: Getty

He used to work ten-hour shifts on up to three flights every day – and was always ready to sleep when he got off work.

Registered mail Condé Nast TravelerBobbie said: “That post-arrival nap, or in some cases the night’s sleep, immediately reset my body clock.”

“Try to stay awake during your flight – this will help you feel tired upon arrival.”

“Once you arrive at your accommodation, you can go straight to bed.”

Bobbie added that if you arrive earlier in the day, you should set an alarm before taking a nap.

When you wake up from a nap, you should still be tired enough to sleep at night – and adjust your internal clock to the local time zone.

The former flight attendant also said that coffee and bananas could help stave off jet lag until bedtime.

Even taking a walk outside can help your body adjust to the natural light in your new surroundings.

Also, get up at a time that is respectable for your goal instead of sleeping late on the first day.

But Bobbie said if all else fails, you’ll just have to put up with the jet lag until your flight home “where you can do it all again.”

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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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