Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has partnered with the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) to research ways to improve passengers’ sleep on long-haul flights, according to an article on the website Future Travel Experience. Based on the research—which included clinical studies carried out by the ACPN on patients experiencing the effects of a long-haul flight—Etihad Airways has developed comprehensive guidelines for sleep in-flight.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, stated in the article: “A good night’s sleep is scientifically proven to benefit one’s health and nowhere is this more important than on a long-haul flight. We understand that sleep is an important requirement for our guests, many of whom fly multiple journeys with us each year. For this reason, we will continue ensuring greater levels of comfort and wellbeing on our flights. The research we have carried out in collaboration with the experts at the ACPN will allow us to significantly improve the cabin environment for our guests and to provide targeted investment in our on-board experience for tangible customer benefit.”
As a result of its research, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has implemented a number of changes relating to sight, sound, aroma and taste. In premium cabins, mood lighting has been added to help passengers create a relaxed environment based on their own preferences, while luxury mattresses and pillows have been introduced. In all cabins, noise-cancelling headsets are offered to passengers to help them enjoy peace and quiet. A dedicated Meditation Channel has also been added to the Onboard Radio channel.
In Diamond First Class, pillows are sprayed with a “pillow mist” including soothing lavender and chamomile scents, and passengers are offered pulse point oils which are said to help create a relaxed state of mind when applied to the wrists and temples.
Dr. Yousef Abou Allaban, Managing Director of the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology, said in the article, “What is encouraging is that there is an airline placing tremendous importance and resources into the study of sleep on long distance flights. Etihad Airways approached us with the clear understanding that sleep is not just a luxury, but a physical necessity which affects every traveler on every level. We have worked closely with them to offer expert advice aimed at providing an optimum environment for sleep while flying, taking into consideration the challenges of modern travel.”
Here at Cabeau, we also place tremendous importance on travelers getting enough sleep on long distance flights. From neck pillows to sleep masks to soft, comfy socks, our #1 goal is to provide a comfortable and restful experience to all travelers, in First Class or coach. We invite you to try the following items from our line of comfort travel products, specifically designed to help you sleep:
- Praised by travelers the world over as “the travel pillow that actually works,” Cabeau’s Evolution Pillow™ puts an end to stiff necks, bobbing heads, and cramped, uncomfortable sleeping positions with its 360° head and chin support.
- Our silky-soft Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask, the first sleep mask with an adjustable nose bridge, lets you mold the mask to your unique facial features, guaranteeing a perfect fit for 100% blackout.
- Our kitten-soft fleece Fold ‘N Go Blanket will keep you warm and cozy even in the chilliest airplane cabins.
- Our extra thick, extra soft and super cozy Fluffy Socks will keep your feet and toes warm and snuggly so you can comfortably curl up and sleep.
Once you feel the difference and get some terrific sleep on your next flight, we feel confident that all your adventures will be in Cabeau comfort!