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User currently offlineLegallykev From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

Does anybody have suggestions on the best way to get over jet lag when travelling to HK (Best hours to sleep on the plane)? How much of the flight will be "Night flight" on the way back from HK if I'm leaving at 3.30PM?

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User currently offlineSeeTheWorld From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1335 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3816 times:

I have one rule no matter whether I'm flying to Asia or Europe - whenever I land, I do not go to sleep until at least 9-10pm local time, no matter how tired I am. It's the fastest way to get over jet-lag. I have also found that from the East Coast, Asia is easier than Europe, probably because the time difference is more like 12-14 hours vs. 5-7 hours, and after the long flight (either direction), you're tired no matter what time it is. Get yourself an ambien prescription to help you sleep once you reach your destination. My feeling on the plane is - if you feel like napping, nap; if you don't, then don't. The key is when you land - FORCE YOURSELF TO STAY UP UNTIL AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT'S NIGHTTIME AT YOUR DESTINATION AND/OR GO TO SLEEP WHEN AND Irtysh-Avia (Kazakhstan)">IT'S NIGHTTIME.

User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

I agreed with SeeTheWorld. I other bit of advice that I try to use when ever possible is to get an afternoon/early evening arrival.

User currently offlineTPEcanuck From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 89 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3752 times:


Here's a few suggestions that work for me, and I do Toronto-Taipei once every two months...it works for me.

1. A few days before departure, start drinking more water and try to get sufficient rest.

2. Don't don't don't drink on the plane!

3. The moment you take your seat, switch your watch to local time at your destination, and act accordingly. If you are arriving early in HK, try not to sleep for the first part of the flight, so you arrive in HK after having recently slept.

4. On arrival, do NOT do NOT do NOT give in and go to sleep until around 9pm local time. I gave in once, it really took me a few days to get over that mistake! One day of burning eyes...better than a few dead days! So do some sightseeing in HK to keep you up if you need to!

5. Try not to wake up too early, but if you do, it's not that bad, if you wake up, just get up and get an early start to the day!

6. PLEASE let me know if these work for you and what else you tried!!


User currently offlineFlyingHippo From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 743 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

I think it all depends on the time of your flight, and if you sleep well on the plane.

If you are the few lucky ones that can sleep on the plane, then take a flight that lands in HKG early in the morning (CX - JFK-ANC-HKG, CI, BR also flies to HKG via TPE that lands early in the morning). Those flights usually take off from JFK/EWR around 11PM, so DO NOT SLEEP for the first few hours! Those flights have a stop over in ANC, so don't sleep until you take off fro ANC. This way you'll get a decent sleep and wake up as the flight lands, in the morning hours in HKG!

If you can't sleep well on planes and you're going to HKG, take the non-stop flight on CX (JFK-HKG), which lands in HKG around 9PM. This way you'll be tired from the flight and ready to sleep when you get to your destination at night.

[Edited 2006-06-29 17:33:22]

[Edited 2006-06-29 17:34:11]

User currently offlineLegallykev From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

Right now I'm booked on AC via YVR arriving in HKG at 6.30. However, AC told me that I can try and catch the direct flight from YYZ that leaves at 9.40. Eitherway, I'll either be in HKG between 1.30 and 6.30 Sunday the afternoon. I'm usually a night owl anyways, so staying up until 9PM shouldn't be too hard. Thanks for all the good advice!!!

User currently offlineJustapassenger From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

Sunlight, Sunlight, Sunlight!!!!!

All of the above are good suggestions, but I have found that sunlight is the key to quickly overcoming jetlag. If you can, spend the first day and second day outdoors. Go climb a mountain, go to the beach, go to the zoo or some other outdoor activity. Stay outside as much as possible and your jet lag will disappear remarkably quickly.

If you have to spend your first few days in a windowless conference room, your jet lag will take forever to go away.

User currently offlineTPEcanuck From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 89 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

Quoting Justapassenger (Reply 6):
Sunlight, Sunlight, Sunlight!!!!!

Spot on! You are SO right on this!

And what a reason to hit the beach instead of the board(BORED?)room!

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