No matter what row you're sitting in, everyone has the same goal on long-haul, overnight flights: to get as much rest as possible. There's nothing enjoyable about sleeping fitfully (or hardly at all) and arriving at some bright and sunny terminal feeling sleep deprived—and you might still be another flight away from your final destination. When the time comes to prepare for your honeymoon flight, keep these sleep tips in mind.
Pack your own in-flight toiletry kit.
Don't neglect your usual getting-ready-for-bed routine just because you're going to be in the air on an overnight flight. "Your brain and body will always thank you for a carefully constructed carry-on," says Emirates cabin crew member Lauren Guilfoyle, who also recommends assembling your own goodie bag of essential products in TSA-compliant size (less than 3 oz/100 ml). Makeup-removing wipes followed by a hydrating facial night cream is an easy, two-step in-flight routine that will help you feel great.
Calm the senses with aromatherapy and herbal teas.
Travel isn't exactly a stress-free endeavor. Between the packing, tidying up loose ends at home and work, getting to the airport, going through security, and boarding the plane, it's not uncommon to feel a bit frazzled, stressed, or anxious by the time you're in your seat. You don't need us to tell you that this combination doesn't bode well for restful sleep. Before you try to get any shut-eye, take a few minutes (and a few deep breaths) and indulge the senses with calming herbals and botanicals, such as lavender or sage essences and mint or chamomile tea. "Lavender essential oil on the temples, under the nose and on the wrists can help lull you into a peaceful slumber," says holistic nutritionist, author, and healthy travel expert Carolyn Scott-Hamilton of The Healthy Voyager.
Create your own sleep cocoon.
While the flight crew will dim cabin lights after the in-flight meal service, it's not necessarily dark enough to induce restful sleep on an overnight flight. "It's important to make your environment as comfortable conducive to sleep as possible," says Casey Gardonio-Foat, founder of Wink & Rise. Essentials she recommends include a travel pillow—if you don't find the traditional U-shape comfortable, there are all sorts of new pillow designs—as well as noise-cancelling headphones and an eye mask to block ambient light from nearby screens and cabin lighting.
Take a natural sleep aid.
Already produced by the body to regulate sleep/wake cycles, melatonin supplements may help to induce a feeling of drowsiness sooner than your usual bedtime, which means more hours of restful sleep on the plane. "Taking a dose about 45 minutes before you want to drift off is perfect," says Emma Veale, co-founder of GlowJetter, a brand of natural, vegan jet lag supplements. No matter what type of melatonin you choose to take, it's always a good idea to try it at home for a couple of nights before your departure. As a bonus, going to bed earlier than usual means you'll be adjusting your sleep clock incrementally each night, which will also ease your transition to the time zone of your honeymoon destination upon arrival. Now that's something to dream about!