By all means, though, ‘chase’ your booze with non-alcoholic drinks. Experts say you should consume about 250ml of
water per hour in the air. As cabins are chilly, you may prefer to opt for warm water or tea (ginger’s good for the
digestion), or another room-temperature tipple: cognac, cabernet sauvignon or neat whisky, let’s say.
If the libations fail to lull you to sleep, try melatonin — you’ll find calculators online that will help provide the
appropriate times to drop the tablets to begin readjusting your circadian rhythms. Some swear by pharmaceutical
sleeping aids; others swear they can’t remember that whole nasty naked air-rage incident, officer, honestly! Be
warned: Tales abound of passengers under the influence of sedatives (and alcohol, usually) unconsciously getting
disoriented, threatening, abusing and even urinating on neighbouring fliers. Suffice to say, these awkward
situations and the resultant encounters with foreign law enforcement can be… inconvenient. Just say no to Xans and
To help ensure a sound sleep on long-haul journeys, use an eye mask (bespeak your own in cashmere or silk, may we
suggest), and wrap up in a nice big cashmere scarf. Apply earplugs or noise cancelling headphones, and quit looking
at your electronic devices at least an hour prior to getting shut-eye — the blue light from phones and tablets is a
stimulant. As are exciting movies on the entertainment system. Press play on something somnolent and forgettable
instead (e.g. ‘Cats’) and slip off into a blissful slumber.
The air up there is as dry as a Dukes Bar martini, making it essential to slather on the moisturiser. Regularly
sanitising your hands is a great idea, too — especially in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis. On the
subject of disease-ridden fellow travellers, try to stay away from especially sneezy individuals. Bugs are most
often transmitted to those in the seats and rows immediately surrounding expectorating passengers; ask the crew to
move you if possible. But take heart in the fact that an aircraft’s atmosphere is in fact cleaner than most
comparable public places. The HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters used on planes capture 99 percent of
airborne microbes circulating in the cabin.
Spangle’s key mile-high wellbeing tips: “Over-the-calf compression socks. I wear these on any flight I take. It keeps
my feet in running shape and cuts back on overall fatigue noticeably. Be mindful of the timezone you’re flying to
and set your watch to the destination — however you feel, try to sync your sleep to the local time where you’re
headed. And if someone tries to bunk their dog anywhere near you, insist you have an allergy.”
When dining aboard, certain foods are bound to taste better — and be better for you. Studies suggest that carb-heavy
fare like pasta and breads help ease jet lag, their high levels of insulin speeding the adjustment of your body
clock. “Food tastes very different up in the air so you do need to be more careful with salt, sugar and acidity,”
says Julien Royer, chef at triple-Michelin-starred Singapore restaurant, Odette.