Flight attendant explains four things you must bring on plane to help you sleep

An ex-flight attendant has lamented the difficulties of trying to sleep on a plane and given her tips for managing shut-eye.

Kat Kamalani, a US-based former air hostess, says planes can be very noisy as well as freezing cold or far too hot.

You might also have a flight attendant who doesn't turn off the lights at bedtime and other annoying distractions.

Kat, who previously revealed why putting your seat up can be "life or death", has an arsenal of sleep hacks for the plane.

In a TikTok video, she says: "I was a flight attendant for six years and these are things I wish I knew before flying the middle of the night – it would have made my travel so much easier.

"Depending on what kind of flight attendant you get, you're either going to have your cabin have the lights on or off so what I would suggest is bring an eye mask, noise-canceling headphones, bring some earplugs, and also bring some lavender essential oil.

"This is gonna tell your body that it's time to go to sleep and start unwinding.

"Don't forget to wear comfy clothes – no one is looking at you and they don't care.

"Second, we've all been there where we are absolutely freezing or really, really.

"The pilot has control of the air so just kindly ask the flight attendant for a blanket or to turn up the heating or turn it down.

"Lastly, if you have kids and they are old enough is give them a little sliver of a Melatonin gummy bears and no tablets or screens just to help them to sleep."

Melatonin is a hormone not available over the counter in many countries, including the UK, but Kat also suggests dressing your kids in pyjamas for the overnight trip to help them get sleepy.

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