How to Feel Great After a Red-Eye Flight - United Hub

How to feel great after a red-eye flight

By The Hub team

Red-eye flights offer a number of benefits, including quieter cabins and shorter lines at the airport. Best of all, you arrive in the morning so you can spend more time enjoying your actual vacation. The trouble is that overnight flights can sometimes disrupt our natural sleep patterns, resulting in jet lag. But that doesn't have to be the case. With a little bit of preparation, those jet lag effects can be easily reduced or eliminated. To help make your next red-eye a relaxing experience, here are some useful tips to try before, during and after your flight.

Prior to boarding

Since getting a decent night's sleep on the plane can make a huge difference in how you feel once you land, try selecting a window seat if at all possible. That way, you'll be able to get some uninterrupted rest without the person next to you climbing over you on their way to the restroom.

When packing, don't forget to keep a plush neck pillow handy to help make you as comfortable as possible. If you plan on staying at a hotel when you land, consider calling ahead and splurging on a relaxing in-room massage. After flying all night, your sore muscles will thank you.

In the air

Relaxation is the name of the game, so be sure to dress in loose, comfortable clothing when you're on the plane. Regardless of whether you're traveling for work, leave the neckties, suit jackets and anything formal in your garment bag. You wouldn't sleep in them at home, so why wear them in the air? Although cabin lights are usually dimmed during red-eye flights, wear a soft eye mask to block out any distractions. It's a silent reminder to the flight crew and your fellow travelers that you're currently off-the-clock and looking for some rest.

For many travelers, the simple act of brushing their teeth helps them fall asleep faster. So before takeoff, visit the lavatory with your toothbrush and a bottle of water. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes. If your red-eye flight is not fully booked, check with your flight attendant about relocating to an available seat with no one directly behind it. That way, you'll be able to fully recline without disturbing anyone else.

When you've arrived

Stiffness can lead to soreness, so once you've gotten off of the plane, take a short walk — preferably outdoors — to help your tight muscles unwind naturally. A dose of fresh air will quickly bring oxygen to your body's cells, thus increasing your energy and alertness after a long red-eye flight. Plus, the warm sunlight will do wonders for your mood.

Have a fresh set of clean clothes ready to change into as soon as possible. Shedding your wrinkled flight attire doesn't just feel good; it provides a psychological pick-me-up as well.

Though it might seem like caffeine would help, avoid the temptation of consuming sugary energy drinks immediately upon landing. You're much more likely to overstress your body and crash hard. Likewise, abstain from alcohol for several hours; adding additional toxins to your system won't do you any favors. Instead, reach for a sugar-free beverage with electrolytes. These ionized minerals help support neurological function, muscle strength and general health, making them exactly what you need when you're trying to recharge.

Finally, take things a bit easier than usual on the day you arrive. Though normally you might be able to handle a round of golf, a trip to a museum and a family reunion, red-eye flights can take their toll on even the most seasoned travelers. So spread out your activities for after you're able to get a full night's sleep again. By the next morning, you'll feel refreshed, energized and ready to enjoy your vacation.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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