The secret to a great night's sleep

How to sleep on a long haul flight


When it comes to long-haul travel, attempting to catch some zzz's in the airport during a stopover can be a complete nightmare.

An article in the i newspaper this week gave us a cheeky insight into how to snooze in style at the world's best stopover sleep zones!

Meet the "Napcab" -  Used primarily in Munich airport a soundproofed cubicle, air-conditioned with a bed and multimedia touchscreen that shows the flight times and an alarm. 

Why not try "Minute Suite" - Each suite comes equipped with a comfortable daybed sofa, pillows and fresh blankets. A sound masking system within each suite helps neutralise noise and a unique Nap26 audio program is available to help deliver a refreshing power nap. Guests can request a wake-up call.

Jump into a "GoSleep" pod - Inspired by an airline business class seat, GoSleep is a state-of-the-art chair that converts into a Sleeping Pod with a 180° fold-flat bed. Designed and manufactured in Finland, the stylish GoSleep Pod is easy to operate and features a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade that cocoons the user from light and crowds...

Check into the "SnoozeCube" - Passengers facing flight delays, cancellations or long transits at Dubai International Airport, the 4th largest in the world, now have the option to rent out a micro-hotel room right inside the terminal.

Travelling for business can be exhausting, but there are a number of actions people can take to make sure they are refreshed and alert in time for their meetings, according to a sleep expert. Check them out here.

Now, if you won't be able to lap it up in the business lounge, don't worry, here are some top tips for napping in an uncomfortable environment:

  1. Before your journey, make sure you take a sleeping bag with you!
  2. Use ear plugs 
  3. Dress for the occasion and (No, we don't mean wear your pyjamas to the airport!) wear layers just to keep you warm. 
  4. Use your bags as a pillow, it might seem silly but it will keep your luggage safe
  5. Prep you body for this sleep! Curl your toes tightly for a count of seven, and then relax. Repeat through each muscle group, working up from your toes to your neck

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