sleepAvoid carbonated drinks. The bubbles in them expand at high altitude, making you feel bloated. Enjoy fruit juice and plenty of water instead.

Don’t chew gum. It tends to make you swallow as you chew, and can cause gas.

Try and eat foods that contain tryptophan, a calming amino acid. Examples: dates, cottage cheese, turkey and fish.

Ditch gas-producing foods such as beans, broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes.

If you can’t wait to curl up and get some shut-eye, choose vegetarian meals. They are served first, so you’re done faster.

If you’re really tired, eat something light before boarding, then tell the flight attendant you don’t want dinner. Goodnight!

Always carry earplugs and an eye mask. They are wonderful sleep aids. An inflatable pillow is another good investment.

If you want to grab a good night’s rest on board, choose a window seat so that you can lean against a solid surface and not be disturbed by a co-passenger wanting to go to the loo.

Engine noise is loudest towards the rear, so try and get a seat up front. To do this, you should check in online. Most airlines allow web check-in 24 hours prior to take off.

Don’t be tempted to take a sleeping tablet. It can increase the risk of a blood clot from sitting in cramped spaces too long. Besides, it’s good to be alert, not inert, when flying.

(With inputs from Vikalp Dubey)

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