A SLEEP expert has revealed essential tips for getting forty winks while flying.

While some people can fall asleep in an instant, others will need these nuggets of advice.

Dr Michael Breus, also known as "The Sleep Doctor" spoke at a recent event in honour of National Sleep Month.

One thing he said he always does is take his own things to help him sleep, as he "doesn't trust" airlines to have useful items.

He suggested always taking a sleep kit for flights, including items like an eye mask, noise-cancelling earbuds, and a pair of blue-light blocking glasses.

Where you sit on the plane can also make a big difference in falling asleep during the journey.

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Dr Breus recommended using a site like SeatGuru to check reviews of airplane seats and find your ideal spot.

He explained to Forbes: "When you plug in your flight number, it pulls up a schematic of the fuselage and it tells you where the best seats are for sleep. It's awesome."

A basic rule of thumb when looking to sleep on a flight is to choose the window seat, so you have something to lean your head against and you won't be disturbed if passengers sat next to you need to get to the restroom.

The self-proclaimed sleep doctor also suggests adjusting your schedule to the time zone of your destination before flying.

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This will help to reduce the effects of jetlag, but also make your body more likely to fall asleep during the flight.

He recommended the app Timeshifter, which helps you to create a personalised jet lag plan for your flight.

The doctor's final piece of advice was not to worry if sleep doesn't come easy.

He adds that it is only natural for your body clock and sleep pattern to be out of sync when crossing timezones, but stress or anxiety over it is likely to only make things worse.

He explained: "Worrying less about the idea that you're going to be out of routine or not in your own bed or out late one night, the better you'll be in terms of managing some semblance of a quality night's sleep while you're traveling."

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