I'm not a great sleeper on a flight and even though I take anxiety pills which are meant to cause drowsiness, I find that I fidget, can't get comfortable or I'm distracted, all of which means I stay awake for most of the flight. I generally arrive exhausted at my destination, but then grab sleep the moment I can. I'm a little in envy of people who are able to fall asleep so easily on flights, it must mean that you can wake up at your destination ready and raring to go.
I just cannot sleep on a plane. It's one of the reasons I hate travelling. I think it's because I find it difficult to get comfortable, and if I finally do, some clown uses the seat as a hand rail and disturbs me.
dom a -I know it is not funny but the way you tell it made me smile as it is SO right!
I also no longer enjoy going overseas due to all these reasons -started going business class but although this is much better, and there are beds, I still arrive exhausted and now just can't be bothered.
I have not flown for long distance 8 years but a brandy and a valium normally did the trick on a long flight. I still arrive exhausted, miserable and fed up because of the crap food, small seats and annoying kids
Pfruit, I flew over the Grand Canyon with my husband & our 2 daughters, back in '89, in a really small plane. I cried to myself flying over & back again. I told my mother a few years later, she remarked, "Well if it comes down, it comes down & you can't do anything about it." 1 did 'come down' over the GC about a month after we were there & yes I'm afraid all 4 onboard died.
Sometime I can sleep depends on the length of the flight. On a recent flight back from the UK we were lucky enough to have 3 seats each so we could lay out. It was great. We sometimes fly business class and of course you get a lie down bed.
Last long haul flight I took , I was far too excited by all the movies I wanted to watch to even find time to sleep - I watched five films in row and loved every one. Arrived feeling super tired but satisfied. Definitely would never take sleeping tablets - I much prefer to be in control in case something happened.
I can never sleep on a plane! Maybe because I have worked as a flight stewardess before:-) When everyone else is fast a sleep I watch one movie after the other. Don't feel overly exhausted after the trip either.
My husband is american and we travel to the States quite a bit. I am never able to sleep much. I have finally just given up trying and resigning myself to the fact that I won't be sleeping and then if I do manage to get some it's a bonus.
I've learnt to sleep on flights, but it's never particularly relaxing or comfortable. Sometimes it's better than others, though, so fortunately I don't always arrive exhausted. I wish I could afford first-class so it wouldn't be such an issue!
After reading the other responses I have decided I am lucky. I can sleep on a plane. I can sleep pretty much anywhere, especially if I am travelling. Movement seems to lull me to sleep. I sleep on buses and trains too. Sometimes I get a stiff neck though. I don't do much plane travel.
Oh! Marie, if you have an 'inflatable' neck support, no more sore neck!
They're marvellous, & can be used for varying travel means, as well as at home, eg whilst tv viewing, or seated book reading! Cheers!
I don’t arrive tired, so I must have slept, when I thought I was always awake, if that makes amy sense. My husband can always sleep on an aircraft, & we’ve never taken sleeping tablets, just slept naturally.