Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 4:10 am

I am going to london this summer. I leave hicago at 4:00. Will they shut off the lights on the plane at a certain time so people can get some sleep? Should I try to sleep on the plane? Or just stay up the whole time on the plane and the whole next day?


RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 4:16 am

Everybody can have a specific approach on the subject....

For North America to Europe flights, no matter what I do in the plane (stay awake or sleep) I want to spend the entire arrival day totally awake and I do not try to sleep before 8-9pm or so...If I manage to do that, then I have good chances not to suffer any jet lag effect the coming week...Sleeping right away when I arrive gives terrible results on me....

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 4:20 am

It's a good idea to stay up as much as possible in order to make the time change easier. Flying east is very difficult on the body; I had hellacious jet lag whenever I flew back to Russia from the US when I lived in St. Petersburg, or whenever I took trips abroad. If you can manage not to sleep during the flight and the day you arrive, and sleep normally the first night you're in London, that should make the adjustment much easier.

London is an AWESOME city, certainly one of my favourites.   Have a great trip!

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 4:20 am

About sleeping on the plane--depends on what time you get into LHR. If it's later in the afternoon, ie: 1:00p and later, I'd suggest getting a good night's sleep the night before your trip, and then staying up the entire flight (unless you have a dinner meeting or something such as that the evening of your arrival).

From my LHR flight (SFO-LHR), we left about 1p SFO time, and all of the cabin lights were kept off for takeoff, and all through the flight (there was sufficent light from the windows for the meal service and galleys), allowing passengers to "naturally" settle in to "sleep mode." The sun sets fairly quickly when flying Eastbound! Of course, I made the HUGE mistake of staying up the entire flight (as if I'd miss something happening over Greenland in the night!), and when we arrived in the next morning at 5:55a, I was paying for it! I had to have a caffeen I.V. in me the entire day!

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 4:44 am

Another story about Jetlag.

I flew once CDG-LAX-HNL. About 20Hrs in total (including transfer time)...Approaching Honolulu, despites the wonderful views of the islands I mechanically was repeating to myself...Baggage claim-car rental-drive to the Hotel--then you sleep...and on and on and on again...I was dead before arrival!!...

Now the funny thing is, by the time we dropped the suitcases in our room...The only thing we wanted to do was going out and walk along the beach...We had arrived at 6pm and went actually to bed after 9.30pm. 27Hrs after we got up in Paris...The next morning, we woke up at 6am and did not suffer any jet lag for the following days...

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 6:08 am

Usually the cabin lights are turned off but there's an option of a movie at the least for those who would rather stay awake.
Best suggestion for avoiding jet lag: don't consume alcohol, and make sure you get up and walk around so you're not stiff, sore, and swollen at the end of the flight. You'll have more energy that way.

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 6:12 am

Typically on North America to Europe flights, meals are served quickly and cabin lights are dimmed as soon as trays are cleared. Most folks will snooze on the flight.

If you can manage to nod off during the flight, I would recommend that you get as much sleep as possible.

Also, drink lots of fluids but avoid alcohol. It's amazing how aircraft cabins dehydrate you.

Once you hit London, try to stay awake until reaching a reasonable bed time. That's what most experts say anway. But I always have the need for a bit of shut-eye when I cross the pond, so I usually take a twenty minute nap followed by a hot shower. It usually restores me.

Have fun!
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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 7:05 am

Just got back from Munich and I slept maybe 2 hours on the way over and while I was awake took some homeopathic medicine called "No Jet Lag" I got at the travel store and when I arrived in Germany I had NO jet lag and was ready to go for the days activities. However, on the way back, delays caused me to be awake over 28 hours and I ran out of medicine, so on my arrival into the US I was very sleepy and jet lagged 

Have fun in London, it is really awesome there---at least I thought so.

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 1:10 pm

Once I left from Chicago at around 3:30 on my way to London and when I got there I felt really hyper (like I always do when I get out of confined spaces) and then about 3 hours later I conked out and slept until about 6:00 PM. After that I felt a little better and after a good night's sleep I was ready to go the next day. Are you going with your parents or otherwise? I am going with a student tour group this summer from San Diego and I may have a problem if the leaders have us do some sightseeing right after we get off the plane. It will be easier if you have some sort of control over when you sleep, though.

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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 8:53 pm

Travelled Scandinavia-New Zealand this February, BGO-CPH-SIN-AKL-DUD other words one huge eastbound flight.

Left BGO at 0820, the flight to SIN left from CPH at 1130. Arrived in SIN at 0655 the next morning, then left for AKL three hours later at 0955. Arrived in AKL 0100 the next (again) morning.

My domestic connection left AKL at 1120 and I finally arrived in DUD at 1400.
On my CPH-SIN flight I slept for about four or five hours mid-way to SIN, then I mostly stayed awake until I arrived in AKL, just snoozing a little. A good night's sleep at an AKL airport hotel, and I was fresh and ready for my domestic connection - and hardly any jetlag, considering the time difference (12 hours). I felt like going to bed earlier than I normally would (around 2000), and woke up earlier (0500).

I agree with the other posts - you should try to stay awake for the whole day on your destination.

Have a good flight to London!
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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 9:15 pm

I find that the tips offered by British Airways' 'Well-Being in the Air' program, coupled with some of my own inventions help ease jetlag.

The first is to do some preparation a couple of days before your flight. For example, Bahrain is three hours ahead of LHR, so I often feel very tired when I have just flown into LHR early in the evening (becuase it is time to go to bed in BAH). So to alleviate this a couple of days before my flight I start going to bed later (like 1am) and rising later (such as 10 or 11 am). This means that I am more used to going to bed 'later' Bahrain-time and can get to sleep at a normal hour in the UK.

Secondly, make sure you have a good night's sleep before hand, whether or not it is a day flight or a night flight.

Thirdly, be of sound mind and body. Air travel can be incredibely stressful, what with connections and getting to the airport on time. Make sure you leave plenty of emergency time in your plans. Also, eat healthily and avoid the booze.

If you follow these it should make your flight much more pleasant (and also the afterwards!).

By the way London is by far the coolest city in the world - even Madonna lives here now!!
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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:39 pm

Oh geez, i have experienced just a couple months ago, I could not get comfortable at all. i took a sleeping pill and it had no effect so i played video games the whole time going to london. but the coolest part about flying at that time is when the sun rises we were by some mountains the clouds were at the base of the mts. and it was one of the coolest sites i have ever seen. but the only bad part of not sleeping was that i kept on falling asleep on the way from LHR to the hotel and the roads are farelly bumpy especially in the city. but then when we got to the room i took a 2 hour nap and i was wide awake, then i got used to the time difference the next day. its kinda weird when you are having tea ect at like 4 people are only waking up where you live. and when you are eating dinner people are eating lunch.
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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:48 pm

I have been to Europe serveral times. Two times I have flown in British Airways. both times were really nice. They turned the lights off going both ways.
The last time I went to Europe was on US Airways. That too was very nice.
I HIGHLY recommend that you don't sleep the first day that you get there. It will only mess you up even more!  
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RE: Jet Lag

Tue Jun 13, 2000 11:50 pm

I never get any jet lag effects from a west - east trip.

I hate going the other way though. I don't drink alcohol inflight, bring my own food now and things seem to be fine if I can keep myself mentally active thru out the day.

When it comes to long distances, I prefer night flights.
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RE: Jet Lag

Wed Jun 14, 2000 2:26 am

Night flights definitely. I hate it when you take off from a place like Paris at around noon and for the next 10 hours it is daylight and when you get into DFW it is only like 4:00PM!! That's around 20 something hours of daylight! And also I can never sleep the night before I go on a trip because I am thinking too much about the next day!! I usually only get about 5 hours of sleep!

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