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The Longest You Slept On A Plane?  
User currently offlineTurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1460 posts, RR: 8
Posted (9 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

It's my biggest nightmare. I can not sleep on a plane. On a 30 minute bus ride, I can sleep like a baby but on a plane, I just can not. The only exception was on a night TK flight from HKG to IST. I had two seats to myself and managed to sleep a whopping 6 hours. Even in business class, I never got so much sleep...

A friend of mine told me that once she fell asleep before taking off in AYT and woke up after landing in LGW on a charter flight  Smile She doesn't remember a thing about the flight....

How about you? What's your record?

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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

basically long transatlantic flights btwn LAX-NRT or TPE-LAX, i have not slept for more than 2 hrs. Unbelivable, i just cant sleep, i want to watch movies, look outside hoping to see something, i know thats stupid but eh, i dont wanna sleep.

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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7606 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

I dont like sleeping much on flights but on some I just have to especially red eyes. My best was LAX-AKL I slept half the flight by sleeping 7 hours. But than when I flew back to the US on LAX-SYD I only slept about 3 hours so I spent much of my time walking around and playing some video games and watching movies etc..

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6074 times:

Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 1):
long transatlantic flights btwn LAX-NRT or TPE-LAX

Wouldn't these routings be "trans pacific" ? Or were these flight be routed via Europe ? D:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I can not sleep on a plane.

In general, longhaul in Economy Class was too uncomfortable for me to sleep. Longest time I managed was about 2 hours flying from VRA to Germany (original destination was DUS but that airport was still not opened after its fatal fire, so we flew (I am avoiding to say "diverted") to CGN).
Reason for my sleep was, that the flight was delayed by some 4 hours which were spent stripping VRA's Duty-Free shop of almost all Canadian Beer while others downed Havana Club in incredible speeds.

Longhaul in Business Class from the U.S. to Europe usually it is between 1 and 3 hours, supplemented by some(relaxing) napping.

Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6068 times:


If I fly transatlantic westbound I never sleep, normally the flights are during the day so I take time to see some movies ( if the IFE is quite good I can take 2 or 3 movies....) and when I start to see land I normally follow a bit. On transatlantic eastbound and because most of the flight is at night I can take a nap of 2/3 hours. On my flight to KIX from AMS I took sometime in the first stages of the flight to see the land, passing by Scandinavia, Baltic Republics and Russia, then the night came and I saw 3 movies, then I saw again the sun coming up and kept a track on the final stages of the flight. On westbound flight from KIX the flight was all during the day and because our plane still had those "global screens" (KL 744)
I was looking outside most of my flight and checking out the impressive sights of Siberia...absolutely unbelievable!!! On my flight southbound from LIS to GIG the flight was also during the day so I saw some movies and checked outside ( when we cross the South Atlantic and reach the first land, in northern Brazil, we still have around 4/5 hours over land...). On northbound the flight was again at night so again a nap and that's fine!!!

User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

I find it difficult to sleep on flights. I dozzzzz off usually right after take off, especially on early morning flights, but wake quickly. When I took flights to AMS, GUA, Rome,and Nairobi, I slept very little.

User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1564 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 6049 times:

Last year I flew LAS-IAD with TED, the flight was early in the morning (around 8am) and I had spent the day before driving from the Grand Canyon and then visiting the casinos almost all the night so I didn't sleep to be on time at the airport...
I was in the first row and the seat next to me was empty but couldn't use it because of the tray table located in the armrest. After a "few minutes" of interior complaints about the uncomfortable position I realized that we were in fact about to land in IAD !
I've never had the chance to fly in C or F but I was very lucky on my longest trip to date. Flying MEL-SIN-BKK-SIN-BKK-FRA-BRU with SQ / Air Asia / LH I had an empty row on EVERY flight excepting the last leg FRA-BRU !

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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
How about you? What's your record?

Normally about 2 hours on a transatlantic... 0 hours on a domestic (USA)

There was this one time though, i was flying from EWR to TLV on CO 90 i fell asleep right after T/O and when i woke up we had about an hour left for the flight... (all in all i slept about 9 hours on the flight). How did i do this? I donno. I remember being up for about 26 hours prior to the flight!

User currently offlineMANisnumber1 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6029 times:

Last December we were flying from AUH-MAN on EY and i was also a bit ill. I remember sitting down, falling asleep, and waking up just as we started the take-off roll(apparently we were delayed by 1 hour). I then fell asleep again and did'nt wake up until we were just near Manchester! I was so shocked because i normally can;t sleep on planes! I must have slept for some 6 hours.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17697 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

I cant sleep on a plane. I cant absolutely not sleep on the flights from Europe to Los Angeles ( I make Europe-Lax t/r almost every summer and winter) because this is usual during the day. But the longest i have slept is about 1-2 hours and that is on the inbound flights from LAX to ARN.

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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6025 times:

One of the longest (relative to the duration of the flight) would probably be about 7 hours on a 10 hour 30 minute flight from Jo'burg to Frankfurt on one of SAA's A340-600s... in Y-class... before they increased the seat-pitch...  Smile ... I have no problem sleeping on planes...

Other than that, I think I slept around 8 hours on a slightly longer FRA-HKG flight on CX - and there are a couple of C-class flights, on which I cannot even really remember being awake much, aside from boarding, eating dinner and deplaning. Big grin

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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7459 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6022 times:
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Nap a few hours normally but with .....I forget the Rx..

anyway I recently took an Rx to sleep on hte flight and I sleep on a trans-pac flight for 6 + hours. It was great.

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User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5987 times:

The solution is Tylenol PM! My professor recommended we bring this with us to China, and as a result, I ended up sleeping 7.5 hours in United economy plus from PVG-ORD!! I plan on bringing it on all future long haul flights.


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5982 times:

I can't sleep in cars or planes very well.

DFW-KIX, slept maybe 45 mins (13 hour flight)
BOM-LHR, slept maybe 30 mins (9.5 hr flight)
HUX-DFW slept maybe 1 hr (4hr flight) though the flight departed at 0200 and arrived at 0600 and had some drinks (on AA-charter)

I have not tried any sleeping aids, yet..Just alcohol.

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5977 times:

The longest I have slept was on an AF flight from HKG to CDG. Normally I don't sleep at all, but it was nearly midnight and that day I had walked all over Hong Kong island and then walked literally right around Macau before taking the last ferry to the airport at 9pm, so I was shattered! After dinner on the flight I dropped off to sleep and woke up somewhere over Germany, about half an hour from landing; I must have slept for 10 or 11 hours in total, as the entire flight was nearly 14 hours due to very strong headwinds. After that I had another flight to BHX and then a full 9 hours in University, nobody believed I had just flown all that way! Big grin

Dan Smile

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User currently offlineJM017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1232 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5977 times:

The most I have slept is maybe an hour. Slept on a flight from KIN to JFK, but that was because the flight left close to midnight. I also managed about an hour, maybe 90 minutes, on a red-eye from LAX to BWI. Otherwise, it is impossible for me to sleep on a plane. I dread my first real long-haul flight. That may come soon enough., either to ICN from the East Coast of the US or to Croatia (if I am lucky).

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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5970 times:

Usually I can't fall asleep on airplanes. If I do they're just small 10 to 15 minute naps. The longest I have had is about an hour.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5967 times:

I've slept tons on planes...I usually don't because, well, I love the experience, but sometimes it can't be helped.
Especially if I've been up for a day or two straight.

Flights I really don't remember include:


and a zillion times on the 6:30am CO flights from FLL to IAH  Smile


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22854 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

I'd say I slept for 90-95% of a FRA-DTW flight on NW. The rest of the time I was in that half-asleep mode.


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User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
It's my biggest nightmare. I can not sleep on a plane. On a 30 minute bus ride, I can sleep like a baby but on a plane, I just can not

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 7):
0 hours on a domestic (USA

Quoting B747forever (Reply 9):
I cant sleep on a plane.

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 13):
I can't sleep in cars or planes very well.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 16):
Usually I can't fall asleep on airplanes

 checkmark  checkmark  checkmark  checkmark , and  checkmark ! Can't sleep in cars or planes. Somehow i manage to find a way to get to sleep when im on a bus or train though.


User currently offlineAg92 From India, joined Jul 2006, 1317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5928 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
A friend of mine told me that once she fell asleep before taking off in AYT and woke up after landing in LGW on a charter flight

Thats some people who I know. I once was traveling with my friend, he just found his seat and drifted of to sleep, and I had to wake him up once landing in DEL from SIN

For me I barely ever get sleep, maybe 10-15 minutes of nap, but thats all

On my recent trip from DEL - SIN, I didnt sleep at all the night before my departure, so I could sleep on the plane. I managed the final 1.5 hours of the flight where I had to be woken up by three flight attendants and the person sitting next to me


User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 days ago) and read 5923 times:

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
It's my biggest nightmare. I can not sleep on a plane.

Me too, I just flew from JFK to LHR last evening and slept 10 minutes on the plane. I'm so exhausted but all-nighters are fun.

"Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

I'm always in economy and I can't sleep on planes. I'll get maybe 30 minutes of actually being asleep, but the other hours are just me with my eyes closed trying to sleep. I'm young. I can handle no sleep for day.

User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

On planes, not at all. In my car, as a passenger usually it is also a zero. But as of late, I find it to be a little easier to fall asleep, sometimes completely. I always find it weird how the moment I wake up, we are just turning onto the street my house is on. However, once I get into my bed after doing this, I find it much harder to sleep!

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5861 times:

About 4 hours is my longest sleep. SIN-FRA Singapore Airlines economy class. I fell asleep for four hours, then woke up, and went to sleep soon after again.

Hopefully I can beat that record on my raffles class flight from SIN-CPH in June.


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25 EISHN : A flight from JFK-SNN. fell asleep before take off, and woke up in time for breakfast. In terms of flight duration, there was the time I was flying ST
26 Srbmod : The longest is maybe 15-20 minutes and only on a few occasions, was alcohol induced/influenced. Even when I come back from Las Vegas after several day
27 Post contains images RAFVC10 : Like me. I never fall asleep in any plane and any route. Do like me: take a book, a crosswords and your MP3 and you're ready to another boring flight
28 InbarD : My biggest sleep was probably about 6 hours, from SFO to SYD with UA. Although i think i woke up in the middle of the 6 hour sleep.
29 Rsg85 : I could never fall asleep until i started flying almost weekly and it became one of the only places i had time to sleep. The best effort i had was aft
30 Aviationnut12 : Mine was probably DFW-SEA on an American S80. It was the red-eye and having flown in to DFW from TPA earlier we were all tired from the layover. Not t
31 Post contains images Lamedianaranja : My problem is not falling asleep if we have a delay I take a mix of sleeping pills and muscle relaxants before every flight longer than 2 hours that g
32 Post contains images N215AZ : I once hit the hay for about 3 hours on a five hour flight. And being the aviation geek that I am, I am surprised that I feel asleep at all... I misse
33 WestJetYQQ : I will never, EVER let myself fall asleep on an aircraft...... EVER.
34 Boeing77W : In Economy the most I have ever slept is about 1 hour and 30mins on a 13 hour flight, it really is my worst nightmare (my next set of flights should b
35 ACDC8 : I generally don't sleep on planes, I love flying and I don't get to do it as often as I'd like, so I don't like to waste a minute of it. However, If I
36 RoseFlyer : 11 Hours on SQ's EWR-SIN in Raffles Class. You might not like me for it, but I had a couple glasses of wine and just relaxed since the flight left at
37 N710PS : I fell asleep once for about 6 hours in the flight deck of a LR25 while waiting for a paitent ambulance to arrive at an airport in Puerto Rico. I was
38 Wdair310 : Although I have flown ransatlantic many times, I am lucky it I get 2 hours of sleep at a time! However one time in the 90's I flew AA YYC-ORD, seat 16
39 AirNick : I never sleep on short haul flights! The longest time for me was 1hour an 28 minutes (exactly) on FI 656 from Minneapolis to Keflavik! Nick
40 BPS3458 : I usually don't sleep well on planes but did have one great flight from NRT to CPH in SK business in X-mas 1996. I was working in Tokyo at that time a
41 Post contains images MDL412 : Closed my eyes as we started down the runway at LAX, opened them during mild approach turbulence 10 miles from MIA. Tylenol PM... it's a miracle
42 Alaskaqantas : When I was younger I loved flying so much that I would keep myself awake as long as possible, now i always manage to get some sleep on long or night f
43 N776AU : 2 1/2 Hours on a flight ATL-LGW, because it was the middle of the night.
44 764flyer : Slept 9 hours of a 14 hour flight on a DL HKG-LAX flight back in the mid-90s when they had the route. This was aided by the several Amaretto cocktails
45 Analog : My record: 9 hours TPE-SEA (10 hours flying time?) (immigration) 5 hours SEA-EWR (30 min ground transport, not driving) 5 hours in bed until sunrise 1
46 Post contains images Davescj : Transatlantic would be a long way to get there!! (just teasing) Domestic sleep record -- 45 min, after a week of only sleeping 5 hrs per night......o
47 Elite : 8 hours at least thanks to BA's Club World bed. For economy it was 4 hours PER-SIN on SQ - 2 am flight!!
48 Newagebird : 7 hrs Dxb - Sin then was up for 50 mins and 7 hrs Sin - Mel worst hangover ever! After 7 days of hard partying with some old friends, i had no choice
49 OzGlobal : There is usually a bit of tossing and turning when you sleep in the air, even in First and Business with a lie-flat seat. The best sleeps I have had h
50 AlexPorter : I've never been able to sleep on a plane while specifically trying to do so. The closest I got was on a Ryanair flight BVA-MAD recently, but just befo
51 AGRflyer : Slept 9 hours on a SQ flight (B777-300ER) from SIN to ZRH in C-class in january 07
52 Bcngro : I love the feeling of waking up on a plane. You stop dreaming, open your eyes and realize reality is much better than your dream, you are flying!
53 Pope : Ambien CR is the way to go. The CR (Controlled Release) version of the pill makes sure that you stay asleep. I've gotten 8 hours of deep sleep from CV
54 Analog : Not for red-eyes and shorter TATL like NYC-LON. It's an invitation for trouble.
55 Anetter123 : I took UA ORD-HKG a few years ago. Flight time was 15 hours 25 minutes. Too much turbulence though - which I can't sleep through. I managed on and off
56 Post contains images WILCO737 : Well, I slept longest on my flight from DEN-FRA on an A346 in C class. Was so tired after my 36 hours trip to DEN that I slept roughly 6 hours.. after
57 Dornier328JET : On a CO 757 from SEA-EWR I slept up against the wall of the plane in Y for the entire length of the flight, an hour some delay on the groud in Seattle
58 Analog : Ummm.... when did the 735s get BF seats? There's probably room for 4 of them on that aircraft (8 domestic F seats).
59 OHLHD : Mine is not very good. It was actually this year from GIG to CDG on AF. Some 4 and a half hours. Normally I get a good 3 hours and that´s it.
60 Matt727 : The longest I slept on a plane was SIN-AMS with GA. The flight took 13:35 and I managed to sleep approx. 5 hours or so.
61 IFEMaster : The longest I slept on a plane was 8 hours and 40 minutes on an LAX - LHR hop with BA, in the very last seat at the back of the plane. It was awesome.
62 Pizzaandplanes : My best sleep was on the redeye SEA-EWR. I fell asleep to the SEA skyline and Pacific Ocean and wokeup to the NYC skyline/Atlantic Ocean. Definitly a
63 TZ757300 : Eh, about 30 minutes. I can't sleep in a chair.
64 Wolverine : About 6 hours on a transatlantic flight from Orlando to London Heathrow.
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