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Best Way To Avoid Jet Lag To Europe From U.S  
User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 20001 times:

Have heard so many theories, what do the folks who actually fly all the time do to avoid/lessen the effects of time change.

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3680 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 19963 times:

Try and start getting to sleep 30 minutes earlier each night for the week before your trip.

User currently offlineBA97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 19957 times:

Get a ClubWorld seat. Do the sleeper service. Have 2 good drinks and poof you wake up refreshed over the UK as you sail down through 20,000. Land-go to the arrivals lounge, have a good breakfast, shower, massage.

The week before I go over I start to mess up my sleep schedules. I get up earlier and earlier and go to beb later and later. I start my work day 10AM London time. Sot when I arrive I am already in sinc

there is economy class, business class, first class...then Concorde..pure class
User currently offlineAGD From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 19882 times:

Actually I went there a few times and I always did the same.

After arriving at the airport in the morning from Montreal (given that flights to Europe from here generally arrive early in the morning in Europe), I stayed awake for the entire day in Europe and went to bed at around 10 or 11pm. I took once a little nap of a 2 hours duration in the afternoon and felt ok.

I always woke up top shape, no problem there. And I can assure you I personnally never felt jetlag using this method. But I guess it depends on so many factors.

In my opinion, I find the difficult part of travelling in Europe from North America is always when I came back. I woke up in the middle of the night a few days before being allright.



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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 19875 times:

No alcohol, plenty of water, try to get some rest while onboard, and then when on the ground, stick to European times for eating and sleeping.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 8 hours ago) and read 19860 times:

mine has worked well, fly with a great friend every year from lax-str through lhr on british, first took the early flight that departs late afternoon, through london and into stuggart late afternoon. that became hard trying to stay up those last few hours, and i always dozed off, then woke up about midnight. finally now, we take the late evening flight out of lax, through london, and into stuggart in the late evening, perfect, just in time for bed. wake up next day, and body ready for a new day, time change and all.

User currently offlineTu114 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 19858 times:

My technique is very simple - just adopt the time zone you are in immediately and go to sleep at the time you normally would. Sleeping at odd times just prolongs the agony!

User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2465 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 19854 times:
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Believe it or not I feel better when I get off the aircraft then when i got on it.
Sorry all i dont believe in jetlag i believe its a myth.

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User currently offlineWanderer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 19850 times:

Go by ship  Big grin

Seriously, though, drink plenty of water - no tea, coffee or alcohol and when you you arrive go to sleep at local times, resisting the temptation to sleep when you feel tired.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 19849 times:

I just stay awake until it is at least 10:30 pm local time. The next morning I am fine.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 19843 times:

Actually, going in that direction, wouldn't it be "jet lead?"

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User currently offlineNicollo From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 hour ago) and read 19829 times:

Going over take ambien 10mg and tell the serving flight attendant to, ":do not reserve"

[Edited 2004-10-28 20:33:25]

User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months ago) and read 19823 times:


When I fly on a flat bed from JFK-Europe it is so nice.

Sleeping on the plane totally refrshes you and makes you used to the time

No Vueling No Party
User currently offline7lbac111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 19790 times:

Best way to avoid jet lag to Europe?? = Virgin Suites!

I can only dream!

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7133 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 19789 times:

Stay awake as long as possible and then go to sleep at night (local time) You will wake up the next morning very very unjetlagged.

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 19769 times:

Coming back home from trips to the U.S. I always take a nap of about 2 hours max in the early afternoon on the day I get home, setting as many alarms as I can find to make sure that I have no more than two hours. Then I go to bed at around 10pm...hey presto, fresh as a daisy the next morning!

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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6414 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 19766 times:

Couldn't tell ya...I am one of those lucky jerks who doesn't get affected by jet lag!  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1604 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 19761 times:

Daylight flights....

Flew BOS-IAD-LHR with UA - admitedly it was in First....

but a 6am flight from BOS with a 9am departure from IAD. I had been up for several hours by the time I got to Logan.

By the time I landed in London, my body clock was telling me that I had been up for hours, would have been mid afternoon in the US.. but I was tired and it was dark in London. Went to bed, got full nights sleep and woke up the next morning feeling great.

I don't ever want to take a night flight heading east again, unless I am in the UA sleeper suites.


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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 19760 times:

Actually in general people do not experience jetlag so much going from Europe to the US because you travel in the direction of the sun.
It 's like you are in an extra long day, just stay awake and go to sleep on the hour (maybe a little earlier) as you normally do.
The next day you shouldn't feel pretty okay.
Going the other way normally gives more troubles because you keep on having the feeling that you landed in the wrong part of the day.
There are some techniques that can help you to adjust quicker (specific sleeping patterns to keep during the flight) but usually travelers can't be bothered to do so.

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7133 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 19756 times:

SW733-"Couldn't tell ya...I am one of those lucky jerks who doesn't get affected by jet lag!"
You should try flying from FCO to AKL, it something like 11 hours difference. I bet you'd get jet lag on that trip, I know that I certainly did Big grin

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3723 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 19769 times:

You bunch of amateurs!

Get yourself on the last flight of the day out of the US and have a couple of alcoholic bevvies before bed (although I am aware we have a lot of teenage posters here who are too young to buy alcohol, RCC or otherwise Big grin)

[Edited 2004-11-01 01:00:49]

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