Flight attendant or not, sleep is a massive factor in both our physical and emotional health. As flight attendants, it's so important that we are well-rested because at work, we could potentially find ourselves in an emergency situation where we need to evacuate the aircraft.
When I first started flying long-haul, my two biggest issues were both sleep-related; jet-lag and night flights. But over time, I've managed to acclimatise and come up with my own tips and tricks for managing our ridiculous sleep schedule!
- Sleep for 4 hours before working a flight
- Listen to your body - I personally never try to get myself onto the time zone that I'm currently in. I simply sleep when I'm tired and I get up when I'm awake
- Sleep during crew rest
- Always write a report if you feel fatigued - this is the only way that fatiguing roster patterns will change
- As often as possible, sleep without setting an alarm for the following morning. This helps your body find its own natural sleep rhythm
- Don't eat just before going to sleep or go to bed on a full stomach
- If you have trouble drifting off to sleep (especially during the day when you're working a night flight that evening), try using a pillow spray and/or rolling lavender balm on your pulse points
- Check the temperature of your room before going to sleep - make sure it is not too warm