HOW TO AC­TU­ALLY SLEEP ON A PLANE

ELLE (Canada) - - Lifestyle -

There are two types of peo­ple in the world: those who fall asleep in a cramped econ­omy seat like it’s a king-size bed at the Four Sea­sons— and the rest of us mor­tals. Here’s how to deal. If you’re fly­ing east, sleep-cy­cle-reg­u­lat­ing mela­tonin may help—start tak­ing it a few days prior to your trip, four to six hours be­fore bed. Bol­ster its ef­fects by eat­ing mela­tonin-boost­ing foods such as cher­ries and ba­nanas once you’re in the air, sug­gests Toronto-based regis­tered di­eti­tian Abby Langer, who also rec­om­mends foods rich in mus­cle-re­lax­ing mag­ne­sium—pump­kin seeds, edamame and leafy greens. (Steer clear of bloat­ing high­fat, spicy foods and car­bon­ated bev­er­ages.) And re­mem­ber, a lit­tle pam­per­ing goes a long way to­ward catch­ing zees. Try the Para­chute Home Merino Travel Kit ( above; $ 215, parachute­home. com), a su­per-soft merino-wool eye mask and blan­ket, and pack your go-to noise­can­celling head­phones.

Wire­less head­phones, Sony ($440, sony.com)

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