Getting some sleep on the plane is a great way to arrive on holiday feeling refreshed – especially if it's a long-haul journey and you want to fit into your new sleeping pattern.
However, actually sleeping isn't always easy on a flight – but according to one cabin crew member there could be a simple trick.
Flight attendant Maddison Purdy, speaking on behalf of Cult Beauty, told the Express that you can use your phone's settings to help reduce the impact of jet lag.
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She explained that adjusting your phone's blue light settings is the best way to reduce the effects of changing time zones.
Maddison said you should always change "the setting on your phone to automatically switch off blue light after a certain time" as soon as you get on the plane.
This helps counteract the negative effects of flying, such as jet lag, as one of the primary causes of jet lag is the disruption of your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
Blue light, similar to natural daylight, tricks your eyes into staying awake, hindering your ability to wind down to a restful sleep.
So if you're using your phone a lot while flying it may make your brain think that it's still the middle of the day – and when you try to get some kip your brain simply won't let you fall asleep.
The Sleep Foundation states: "The screens of electronic devices such as smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions can emit blue light that disrupts our natural sleep cycles.
"Decreasing exposure to light in the evening, and blue light in particular, is an important way to help your body naturally prepare for sleep and get quality rest."
There are two different ways you can go about reducing the blue light you absorb when flying.
Firstly, you can switch your mobile to "night mode" or "night shift" depending on the model.
This alters the light emitted from your screen and makes it a warmer tone which filters out the blue.
Alternatively, you can invest in a pair of blue light blocking glasses – this has the added benefit of filtering out blue light from other sources like the plane TV and outside the windows.
If you remember to turn your phone to night mode, switch it off or pop on your new glasses when you get on the plane you're likely to find it much easier to sleep within a few hours.
Maddison isn't the only person to share her hacks for getting better sleep while flying.
Jiny Meang claims you can use your jumper or blanket to create a more comfortable place to snooze by wedging it into the arm rest.
In a video, she said: "Here is how to sleep comfortably on a plane when you’re sitting next to someone you know. It took me years to figure these out, but for this hack you’ll be using an arm rest and, of course, a jacket or a blanket."
Jiny added: "After you fold up your jacket, or your blanket, you want to place it on top of the tip of the arm rest. Then rest the side of your head onto it.
"You can move it around a bit to find a comfortable spot and the best thing about this hack is that both sides can use the headrest together. And, it doesn’t matter if you have an aisle seat or a window seat it works everywhere."
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