The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:02 pm

Hi all!

I've never made a transcontinental flight, so i would like to know how the jet-lag feels like, and what do you do to combat it.

I dont know if this topic has ever posted but oh well  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:36 pm

I flew Orlando - London before and the jet lag for that was horrible... It is a wierd feeling - you don't know when to eat, sleep and wake up.

It is meant to take a day for every hour in the difference of the timezones that you have travelled from and to. However, It takes me weeks to adjust fully and some menbers of my family it takes a few days.

It is generally worse when you travel heading East. When I flew Melbourne-Sydney-Hong Kong-London the jet lag ofr that was not as bad as, eben though I was travelling 11 hours difference, it is not as bad travelling East to West. This is because you are travelling 'Backwards' in timezones. Eg... when I flew a 23 flight, from MEL-LHR, I only travelled for 12 hours because I went back 11 hours to London, so you can catch up on yourself. But, when I flew out there, instead of loosing 23 hours on the plane, I lost a day and a half because of jumping a head 11 hours.

I know this is as clear as mud.... they say JetLag shrinks your brain! I'm living proof!
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:43 pm

But... the best way to combat it...

*Adjust your watch to the time of your destination.
*Start weaning your body clock to the time of your destination - so sleep when you should be at you destination.
*Drink plenty of water.
*Eat at the time of your destinations - Many airlines will do this for you.

*If you land in the morning - Don't go to bed - stay up till bed time.

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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:47 pm

Hi there,

To date, I have been very successful at preventing jetlag by managing my sleep enroute to my destination as follows:

If I am arriving at my destination in the evening or night, I try not to sleep or I sleep early enough in flight so that I will be tired and ready to sleep again shortly after arrival.

If I am arriving at my destination in the morning then I sleep late into the flight so that I will wake up approximately 2 hours before arrival. Then I force myself to stay awake until the normal "bedtime" at my destination. Sometimes this can be really difficult but it is absolutely essential to fighting off the symptoms for me. If I sleep before the normal bedtime, I WILL suffer the dibilitating effects of jetlag.

For your reference, this has worked for me when traveling between the U.S. east coast and the far east, europe, southern africa and the pacific islands. I swear by it.


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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 2:03 am

I get it pretty bad, i just try to fight it by sleeping on my flight. Sometimes it doesn't work as planned as I was on a flight from ORD to ZRH and the second I got to my hotel in vitznau(island next to lucerne) I took a 5 hour nap before my parents and bro woke me up for dinner and I was tired as I was getting into the shower. Luckily we weren't eating at a macho dressy place(we ate by the hotel pool) because I was really out of it. Hope this doesn't happen to you!
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:26 am

I find travelling East a lot harder than west however, I try to combat it by the following.

Get up at the same time at home, I don't sleep in.
I work Canada/Europe, so I stay up all night working and when I get to my destination I am tired because I have been up all day at home and I have worked all night. If I sleep, it's usually only for an hour, just to take the edge off.

After a cat nap, I get up and get straight on the same pattern as the people whose country we are in. Have dinner at the same time, go out walk around or do whatever. Finally, at around midnight I go to sleep and sleep great!

For passengers travelling, drink lots of water and do NOT drink alcohol at all. It dehydrates you and it can cause hangovers in the air- YUK. Wait till you get to your destination to drink!! Wear loose clothing and try to sleep on the aircraft, even if it is just for an hour. If you find it hard to sleep on an aircraft, take a gravol, it will help you sleep. Happy Travels
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:34 am

For passengers travelling, drink lots of water and do NOT drink alcohol at all.

The only exception to this rule is if you already have a hangover developing when you board. In that case you need to KEEP drinking so as to postpone the hangover until you arrive at destination.  Smile
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:31 am

I flew from YHZ thru to LAX in Febuary and arrived at LAX at 11:30am local time, 4 hours behind the time in Halifax. Even though that is not a HUGE time difference I was exhausted. I have read that if you do not go right to sleep or take any naps when you arrive at your destination it will help you adjust. So I tried to do just that, but at about 6pm local time in Los Angeles I fell asleep and woke up 14 hours later at 8am the next day and I felt completely rested and it actually felt like it was supposed to be 8am and not 4am. So I guess my best advice would be try to stay up as long as you can and adjust yourself to local time and then go to bed. But I guess it is a different case traveling west to east, but I didn't find that as bad.
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 3:20 pm

These are some great suggestions on how to combat hangover. One other one that I have found works well, is try to control the times you fly. This is the rule I try to follow when flying across several time zones:

1) FLYING EAST: Take the first flight of the morning!
I have to get up much earlier than usual (between 4 and 6 AM depending on how far I am from the airport). I jump ahead several hours on my flight, but when I land, I am ready for bed a lot earlier, due to the early start I got, and usually I crash at the right local time! The next day, I find that my body has already acclimated.

2) FLYING WEST: Take the Last flight of the evening!
I arrive late in the evening, and of course I gained several hours in the process of flying. But when I get to my house or hotel, I get to sleep right away! I try to "sleep in" for just an hour or so the following morning, and I usually wake up ready to roll-- on local time!

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Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:05 pm

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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:31 pm

Good tips given, I feel though i will be not a lot of good on this intinerary in Sept (all times local)
LHR-SFO 10.00 dep 14.00 arr
next day
SFO-BWI 21.00 dep 05.00 arr (next day)
That evening
BWI-MCO 17.00 dep 19.30 arr

How do i get over that!!!
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 5:58 pm

At least twice a year I fly from US to CGK and back. The jet lag is usually worse when I fly to CGK. I'll get sleepless at night, sleepy during the day, and feel hungry at weird hours.

To combat it I think you should try to follow the sleeping/eating pattern at your destination and get more sunlights.

I kinda like jet lag when I go back to US though, it lets me to wake up early in the morning and makes it easy for me to go to my morning classes  Smile
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 6:31 pm

This might sound odd but I never drank onboard until last summer's trip when i had a mini bottle of champagne and a few beers. I slept through the whole trip and felt surprisingly relaxed when I arrived.
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 7:16 pm

Like many of the answers above I have found that the best things to do are to eat at the local meal times even if you are not all that hungry, try. Drink water and lots of it, not alcohol though as it dehydrates you and the effects are worse in the air. When you arrive stay up till the evening or night if you can hold out. The next day you may get an overwhelming urge to sleep in the mid afternoon, fight it and stay awake till the night. You should be over the jet lag in 24 - 48 hours.
I have tried to let myself adjust slowly and it took literally weeks to get over it.
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 8:43 pm

I flew LHR-POM (just north of Australia) last year and didn't have too many problems.Left LHR 2215 Sunday and flew through the following day arriving POM 1300 on the Tuesday.BA provided us with a big dinner at 01:00,and a fairly big breakfast at around 0900 London time which was about mid-afternoon local time (Singapore),I had made an effort to get up early on the Sunday morning but still didn't get a great deal of sleep on the flight.
I grabbed a KFC in Changi then got the overnight flight to Cairns,which I slept through most of.QF provided us with a breakfast shortly before descent into Cairns,and by the time I got on the CNS-POM flight I felt fairly well adjusted to the huge time difference.Unfortunately I then ruined it all by falling asleep when I got home in POM.
The return was similar,a thoroughly uncomfortable flight from SYD-LHR arriving LHR 0600,I stayed awake all day long and was back at work at 0600 the following morning.
I've never found jet-lag to be much of a problem,all you need to do is follow the simple guidelines about adjusting your watch/mealtimes/sleep patterns to the new time zone at the earliest oppurtunity and you should be fine,there is no magic formula that works for everyone because our bodies behave in different ways and because it depends if you are flying E-W or W-E and how long the flight is etc. I've only once flown long haul North-South and that was a lot easier to handle than going East or West.
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 9:44 pm

Highflyer 16 is right with the directional advice.

I try to sleep as much as possible on any flight. I never do business - I have read so many secrets from other people its not funny!!!

I also stay awake at the other end until early evening so its like going to bed early. Even though I'm tired.

From NZ or Australia to Europe you leave in the afternoon and arrive 21 or 26 hours later in Europe, usually around 6am. I try to stay up unitl 7.30pm and then off to sleep. Works well every time.

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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Sun Jun 03, 2001 11:50 pm

If you'll allow me to share what I did, and it seemed to work...


Flight departed SYD at 1300. Due at LHR at 0530 local. I'd slept until about 8am, arrived at airport at 1000. Didn't sleep until off Sri Lanka, therefore at about 2am SYD time. Had a few hours, woke up over Abu Dhabi...slept a little more until just near IST, stayed awake the rest of the way. Arrived in LHR at 0530, connected on BA to MUC, arrived at 11am, stayed up until 2030 MUC time. Tiredness of the antipodean flight meant good sleep until about 8am the next morning. Excellent!  Smile Felt very good and acclimatised.

Way back.


Dep. 1215
Arr. 1945
times are local

went to performance of Macbeth at Stratford-upon-Avon the night before I left. Got back to accomodation at 11pm, packed musical instruments etc. (was an orchestra tour), slept at 0030. Woke at 0600, quick breakfast (light), rode to LHR in coach, arrived at about 0900. Dep on time at 1215.

I did NOT sleep at all from LHR-BKK, therefore very boring  Sad

that's the key.

arr BKK 0700 dep. 0810

QF served a brunch, ate that and then by this stage, the eyes couldn't stay open any longer since short sleep in England (only 5 hrs) and LHR-BKK no sleep, so 5 hours sleep and continuous 20 hours awake meant I went straight to sleep from the Gulf of Thailand until the middle of Australia, about 6 hours of sleep, in uncomfortable QF economy...not bad huh?  Smile no sleep until arrival.

Arr. 1945 at SYD

By this stage, because the tiredness of the journey set in, sleep was easy at about 2200 SYD time which meant that waking up the next morning I was in the correct time zone

Was I just lucky? If not, I hope that's a strategy that people can use (though with most of the LHR-XXX-SYD flights arriving in the morning in SYD now, I don't know whether it'll work).


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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Mon Jun 04, 2001 1:40 am

Going east, I feel no jet lag, I had no problem adjusting, etc. Going west, that was harder, it took me two or three days to catch up on sleep, but food, etc. I adjusted to right away.

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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:22 am

didn't read all posts, so someone may have already mentioned this...
On a recent PDX-EWR-FRA...DUS-EWR-PDX journey I got these pills at a travel store, they're called 'No Jet Lag' and they worked great. Would highly reccommend them. If you have any specific questions about them drop another post, I'll try and answer.
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RE: The Best Way To Combat The Jet-lag

Mon Jun 04, 2001 3:24 am

I used to have this problem but not anymore.

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