The meal that you should always avoid on flights as it makes it harder to sleep

A SLEEP expert revealed why airline passengers should skip certain meals on every flight.

Feeling comfortable on a flight can be incredibly difficult even under the best of times, but the food you eat can make it worse.

Heavier foods will make it harder for passengers on the plane to sleep


Heavier foods will make it harder for passengers on the plane to sleepCredit: Alamy

Ben Slater from online bedroom shared his top tips for avoiding a difficult flight, including eating foods that are too large or cumbersome.

He said, “Avoid eating anything too heavy before bed, just as you would at home.”

“Eating a heavy meal can make us feel uncomfortable and bloated, making it difficult to fall asleep.”

Ben also recommended that passengers use a few handy items to increase their chances of getting some cash once the plane takes off.

These included eye masks, earplugs, and even oils, which he says can help people fall asleep “in no time.”

He said: “Falling asleep on a plane can be difficult, but if you have a long flight or are out all night you may have no choice but to try and shut your eyes.

“There are a few things you can do to create a more comfortable sleeping environment.

“Bringing an eye mask is the perfect way to block out the bright lights on a plane, and if you’re someone who can’t sleep in noise, it’s best to pack some earplugs as well.”

“One of the best ways to help you fall asleep is actually to pack some essential oils.

“Oils like lavender are known to help people relax and fall asleep, so it’s definitely worth a try.”

“Put some of this on your wrists and you’ll be asleep in no time.”

According to flight attendants, there are other types of food and drink that people should avoid when boarding planes.

Whytney, who works for a major US airline, recommends passengers avoid salty foods.

She said this is because overly processed foods or those with too high a sodium content could lead to dehydration-related headaches, constipation or fatigue.

She told that Huffington Post: “Pasta and soup are usually high in sodium.

“Some Indian dishes also fall into this category because they have no meat but are higher in salt.

“Any type of sandwich made with deli meats is also likely to have higher levels of salt.”

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Food that is too salty can also make life difficult for passengers


Food that is too salty can also make life difficult for passengersPhoto credit: Getty

Russell Falcon

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