The Global Traveler has tips for surviving redeye flights.
Basically don’t drink caffeine and try to get to sleep right away. Great as far as it goes, but I find redeyes to be brutal, and survival to depend entirely on the seat.
I had tremendous difficulty flying Bangkok to Narita a couple months back in ANA’s old style business class seat. It was just uncomfortable and nothing I did could change that.
Give me a full recline in a comfortable seat and it’s a different story. The short flight time would still present challenges and I wouldn’t be well rested on the other end, but it would have been far better.
The only real tip for surviving redeye flights is a modern business class or three-class first class seat. I know that won’t help many of my readers, but it’s all I have to offer…
I do have tips for dealing with jetlag, though.