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Best Cure For Jetlag

Sat Dec 13, 2003 5:04 pm

Does anyone have a special cure for jetlag??? I seem go get it worse and worse even for small changes - 2 hours and up.

I would be happy to have a quick fix solution....
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sat Dec 13, 2003 8:11 pm

My personal cure : living immediately at the time of the country where I am.
Ex : When I come back to France from for example US, I do not go to bed and I wait until the evening. It is not easy because I never sleep in a plane but it is for me the best solution.
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sat Dec 13, 2003 9:44 pm

when i fly it's almost always longhaul, you cant get much more longhaul than from Australia to Europe.
when i arrive it's always in the early morning european time, i grab my baggage and head to my hotel, grab a bite of breakfast, take a shower then get out and walk around for the day!
sounds crazy after being awake for such long periods but by the time 8 or 9pm rolls on your exhausted! put your head down and your gone for 12 hours! simple but very effective cure.

after flying 22hours i take only 1 or 2 days to adjust.

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:09 pm

Some of our crew do not adjust their clocks for the city they're staying in so you're always running on local time of where you departed from. Of course, that can prove to be a problem if you're breakfast time is 10pm in the local city, but it does work well for some people!

As for me, I like to keep busy for 4 or 5 hours in the arrival city, then take a sleep and go from there.

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sat Dec 13, 2003 11:03 pm


1 cure is definetly while your sitting move your feet around in a massage way through out the flight. I thought this would just work for a select few, but it really does help. Also, a massage especially on your back thighs wouldn't hurt.

Walk is the #1 cure for me. Both in flight and once at the destination, do a lot of leg exercises, even if it is just stretching, do a lot of walking, that is if you are up for it.

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 12:02 am

Also melatonin tablets work quite wel!, you should take them about
2 hours before going to sleep. and afther you wake up, you will feel
much better!

Also some fresh air can help a lot!, even shortly upon landing you may
feel so tired, and when you get off the plane, you will feel better.

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 3:18 am

When ever I go across the pond I hit the road running once I land. That means leave airport, go to hotel, check in, shower, change clothes and go for long walks, light lunch, more walking around, dinner, more walking and hit the bed exhausted, next morning I am fine. Works like magic.
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 3:35 am

I too have heard about the melatonin tabs. what is hte chemistry behind that?

There is some new research these days with melatinin lenses but that is for a different reason I think.

personally I like ot get to my destination, shag my lady then take a 2 hour nap then get inot the time zone of the new area.

works like a charm
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 4:22 am

Have a look at, perhaps it can help. I've found it in New York last month and tried to experience it on my flight back to Europe, I felt better after landing, but was still tired in the afternoon...


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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 6:25 am

Absolutely no nap at your destination!!

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:15 am

For me, I don't have much of a problem with lesser changes, but for longhaul where I change six or seven time zones, I have a way to get over jetlag in 24 hours. Generally, I cannot sleep on an airplane, so arrive quite tired. I'll get to the hotel and take a shower. Walking around for a little while is good. By then, I may just not be able to go on any longer because I'm so tired, so will take two hours to nap. I know that's not adviseable by many experts, but it works for me and makes it possible to get to the night. That will give the energy to make it to a normal bedtime at the destination like 10 p.m. If you are prone to sleeping trouble when you've changed time zones, get a prescription for a drug like Ambien and take it for the first few nights. It should help you sleep the whole night through. The above formula adjusts me to a new time zone by the morning after I arrive. Try it out.

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:54 am

1) fly First or Business. don't eat to much,max 2 glasses of alcohol, drink plenty of water. put eartaps or bose noise canceling headset on. put your eyemask on. ask the attendants to make the cabin dark as soon as you wanna sleep.
2) when you get on board set your watch immediatly to your destination time
3) look at your destination time and if it is already past 10 to 10:30 pm take a whole sleeping pill (dormonoct)and try to sleep as much as possible.
3)when it is before 10-10:30pm stay awake until that time and then go to sleep. sleep again as much as possible
4)when you arrive at your destination do not go to sleep until 10PM!

to keep you awake during the day >>>walk,interaction with people,cold shower,fitness
basically keep yourself busy until 10PM. by that time you will be tired to have a good night sleep.
to keep you sleeping through the night take a half of a sleeping pill(dormonoct)

i manage to get fully recuperated in 48 hours

i just came back tuesday from the US and i am totally back on europe time already
the 17th i am going back to the US and the 19th i will be totally back on us time.

do the instructions and you will manage to do same
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:54 am

I have an additonal question to this.......In June I am flying out of YVR to MIA and then to 32 other airports through out th USA Including LAX, ORD, MSY, BOS, MCI, SFO etc, and will be crossing time zones at least 16 times, will I be suffering any type of jet lag?

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:52 am

What works for me is I just wait for night at that city and try to get a good night sleep. If I cross one/two time zones, I usually don't bother to set my watch. It usually takes me 2/3 days to adjust.

Hope it helps.


RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:41 am

Normally going over eastbound to Europe... I take a nap on the plane for an hour or two (I usually upgrade the eastbound, and ride coach on the westbound day-time flight), then nap for about three hours when I get there and stay up all day, going to bed at a normal evening hour. Normally I have no adjustment issues.

On the westbound back to North America, I just make it a really long day with maybe a short two hour nap. Either way, I strictly obey the local time of where I am.
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 5:22 pm

long haul eastbound go for Red eyes.

if you are in a comfortable cabin:

SLEEP and then when you arrive live the day as you if are in the correct time zone

if you are economy:

still go for the red eyes and once dinner is done have a glass of wine , recline the chair, put the ear plugs in your ear, put those acoustic earphones on your head (like the ones you get on concorde) and close your eyes until they turn the cabin lights back on. Closest thing to sleeping.

Going westbound, it really doesn't make a difference because you are simply loosing time. Have a nap on the flight and then just stick it out until as late as you can in the evening then hit the sack.

Glass of wine always does the trick for me as far as sleeping.

If you are on a short long haul like BA 182 JFK-LHR which leaves New york around 11 and traveling in a premium class conduct the following steps:

1) CHeck in 2 hours early
2) Go to the lounge
3) Have dinner in the lounge, have a glass or two of wine
4) Check your email, have a shower
5) Get on board grab an extra blanket and once the faster seatbelt signs have been turned off simply recline back and go to bed...i promise you next thing you know it will be morning in London.
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 7:54 pm

two words: Tylenol PM

I always take a nap when I land but keep the lights on and the shades open and the TV or Radio on loud so I don't get too deep into sleep. Just a power nap of about 30 min or so, then drag my sorry arse to the shower and force myself to get outside in the fresh air.

Also sleeping in United's First Suite makes a red-eye go by really quick, wake up rested and start your day with some tea. No movie for me, just the salad and appetizer, a jug of water and leave me alone until we land! Goodnight! I usually pop in a half dose of Tylenol PM in the gate room so by the time dinner is over I'm out like a light!

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Sun Dec 14, 2003 8:21 pm

Well whenever I fly longhaul I always try to go out the evening before departure respectively stay up as long as possible  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Sometimes I even go directly from the club  Nuts home take a shower and then continue to the airport; then I'm usually so tired  Yawn that I sleep almost the whole flight, as soon I arrive at the final destination I'm quite awake; then I quickly take a shower in the hotel and just stick to the local time!

I know this does only work because I'm a student respectively have a lot of time and that this is impossible for people with families...

A few months ago I flew from VIE to FRA and then on with SQ to Sin; I was so tired that I slept almost the whole flight bout after 9 hours of flight I woke up and breakfast was served! That was surely one of the best mornings I had!
Wakin up (somewhere over the Maldives; great scenery!), Breakfast served by a Singapore Girl on a SQ 744 heading for SIN and then on to SYD!!! Can you ask for more!?  Big thumbs up

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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Mon Dec 15, 2003 3:30 am

One way to reduce it considerably is to keep drinking a lot of water or other non-alcoholic fluids during your flight.
Also keeps you going to the loo , you can watch the flush work Big grin
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RE: Best Cure For Jetlag

Wed Dec 17, 2003 2:05 am

Jetlag is a disaster for us from India, because most long-haul flights East and/or West tend to leave around midnight to 4am. (Barring Virgin Atlantic/London JAL/Tokyo and a few others).

So you end up confusing your body to start with, especially if you are flying India/America.

I find that going for the sea-food option onboard, doing away with the breads, and grabbing as much water/orange juice as you can handle does wonders. Try to stay off chemicals.

On arrival, the shower and walk and some more showers routine helps. I also ask for a room without a television, try to read and that makes one sleepy again.

Running a overnight stopover in Europe seems to help a lot, too, especially if you take a non-work stopover. At the end of the day nothing works to fix jetlag than keeping the mind happy.

Jetlag plays havoc with my driving reflexes, so I try to avoid driving.

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