When I traveled to Manila a few weeks ago, I was feeling pretty confident I could handle everything related to the trip. I’ve done this! I thought. It will be no problem! You’ve all heard that pride goeth before a fall….. I told you about my stupid time goofs. Well, one of the reasons I made the time goofs was because I was just SO TIRED when I got to the hotel. Why is that, you ask? Because I didn’t sleep enough on the plane.
At first, I was just enjoying my books (rereading the Southern Vampire series–fun!), my business class lay flat chair, and drinking all the wine the flight attendant was bringing me. So I forgot to take the Tylenol PM that I had brought. I realized that when I finally turned off my Kindle and tried to go to sleep, and all I could think about was the fact that it was only 7:30 pm at home. Of course I wasn’t able to sleep, and I didn’t want to take a Tylenol PM at that point because it would have been really hard to wake up when the flight landed. When we landed in Tokyo, I was exhausted. The two hour layover seemed to last forever, and I passed out as soon as I sat down in my tiny coach seat. Not surprisingly, I didn’t sleep that well. So when I finally arrived at my hotel in Manila, I fell asleep immediately. If I had been awake get the “The meetings started several hours ago, where are you?” call, I would have been there much earlier. Sigh.
The moral of this story is, do whatever you have to do to go to sleep on your longer flight, when traveling trans-ocean or trans-continent. Tylenol PM, wine, melatonin, a prescription sleep aid, getting up super early on your travel day, whatever you have to do. (I am not advocating abuse of OTC or prescription drugs, so find another way if you think that may be a problem for you.) It can really affect your trip in a bad way if you are exhausted when you arrive, not to mention sleeping on the plane will help you to defeat jet lag. Ignore the fact that it’s 5pm or whatever at home, put down the book or movie, and GO TO SLEEP. On the way home I took the Tylenol PM with dinner and slept very comfortably for six hours. Totally worth it!