Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Quoting Mudboy (Thread starter): What are some flights that can be the worst for jet lag? I imagine, flying west over the Pacific, can be pretty tough. Which are the worst?
Most people find that flying eastbound through many time zones results in worse jet lag than flying the same distance westbound. Your body clock seems to do a better job of adjusting to a longer day than a shorter day.
Reality From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 2): Most people find that flying eastbound through many time zones results in worse jet lag than flying the same distance westbound. Your body clock seems to do a better job of adjusting to a longer day than a shorter day.
I find that to be true too. Except when I am flying home! Flying home to a comfortable bed in quiet surroundings is always the easiest--regardless of whether it is East or West.
Albird87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5): After 20 years of transatlantic flying. it is much harder on me going from East to West.
I agree with you also. Normally when im over in the UK visiting family and on the way back i try to do it in one day with no stopovers. So family from Scotland so to get down here in one day I always have to be up at 4am UK time to get a 6am flight down to london and then across the pond and then down arriving here at home around 6pm Local time so that would be 12am UK time so normally you just want to go to bed but then your up at 3am and wide awake!! Takes me around 4 days to finally get back into normal sleeping patterns.
I find that going the other way though not as bad as there is the overnight flight going that way so your always arriving in the morning in the UK. Maybe didnt get a great sleep on the flight but it still makes it easier.
Kanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
East west is definitely the hardest. West to east is very simple. I feel for the folks flying to the US on business. It's SO much easier for me to get adjusted on the night flight going over. I always try to take the earliest flight back to have downtime to recoup before going back to work the next day. Trying to step off the plane and go to work? I'd be shattered.
Worst jet-lag flight for me? Singapore-US. That flight absolutely spins my head around as you're in the air for the better part of a day.
It's somewhat easier going to Asia. For Tokyo, I use the afternoon of my arrival to adjust and am fine the next morning. If I have the time, I prefer to take the noon CX flight to HKG vs the overnights... that allows me the evening to settle in and get adjusted.
Coming home from either? I get up at 3 AM for the next week... no matter what. No idea why as that's 3 PM there.
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
My worse Jet Lag was Oak Harbor, WA-SEA-PHL-SNN-SIgonella, IT-BAH all within 24 hrs+/-. I left Oak Harbor 5 am left PHL early evening after a 8 hr layover woke up upon decent in to SNN airport for a fuel stop got to Sigonella had 90 mins flew to BAH arrived at midnight I slept so much on the flights not all sound sleep though stayed up all night until 9 am then I crashed until 9 pm I was wasted after 18 hrs flight time.
EDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Strangely enough I have found differing effects direction wise depending on the length of the flight. Last time I flew LGW-MCO I found the jet-lag worse on the return (eastbound leg). But on even longer sectors FRA-MNL and LHR-SIN I found the jet-lag was worse on the westbound leg, weird.