Get a Head Start by Shifting Your Sleep SchedulePrior to flying across multiple time zones, you can start adjusting your internal clock by moving your bedtime and wake time up 15 to 30 minutes each day for 2 to 3 days before your flight. Christine Hansen, author of ‚ÄúSleep Like a Boss,‚Äù recommends shifting your sleep schedule by two hours each day before a flight to make up for the total time change. If the time change is 10 hours, adjust your sleep two hours a day five days before flying. Keep in mind, your day will shorten if you travel east, and lengthen if you travel west.
Oversleep the Night Before Your FlightThis is where planning ahead will go a long way. Pack your bags and take care of important errands the week before you travel. Do not leave important tasks for the night before. Instead, relax with a book or movie and try to get a couple extra hours of sleep before you fly. There are two great ways to induce sleep:
- Eat a carb-heavy meal as a late dinner. Carbohydrates with a high glycemic index (GI) like pasta, potatoes, bread, and cereal promote sleepiness.
- Create a sleep haven in your home so you can wake refreshed and full of energy for your flight. A combination ofSHEEX¬Æ Original Performance Sheets and anECOSHEEX¬Æ Coverlet will allow you to remain in your blissful dreams throughout the night. These products transfer body heat and wick away moisture to create ideal conditions for deep, restorative sleep.