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Beating jet lag

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Beating jet lag

I am travelling from North America to Asia next week. We leave at 2pm and arrive at 8:05pm local time. Our hosts have planned a busy day for us the following day and I am wondering if anyone has tips to beat jet lag.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Beating jet lag

Lots of articles about jetlag on various newspaper/magazine travel sections, travel websites. Do a search and you will find lots of information, including discussions of melatonin use.

Some basics:

- avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated sodas and heavy foods during flight. Drink lots of water and/or juice.

- set your watch to the destination time zone as soon as you board. If you can, some recommend starting to adjust your home schedule towards the destination times some days before you depart

- when you arrive, immediately get into the new time zone. If you arrive in the morning, DO NOT go straight to bed. Get out into the sunshine and fresh air and let your body start figuring out what time it is. Try to stay awake and reasonably active. Have a light, early supper and go to bed early for hopefully a good night's sleep.

The second day should be easier, especially if your hosts have a lot of actiivities planned, but again try to get an early night if you can.

Hope this helps somewhat.

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I kid you not, there was an article out a few weeks ago, it is on this forum,but.......viagra helps with jetlag!!!!!!

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"viagra helps with jetlag!!!!!!"

Of course it does...after all, everyone tells you to "stay up and get on local time..." :)

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I usually take some rehydrate powder with me and use that in water as a drink on the flight. I also try and take a short sleep on the plane, which I always find gives me a few hours longer before I start to droop. Maybe I should try the viagra - not sure whether it works on females though!!

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There's probably no substitute for experience with your own body. Some people sleep well on airplanes, and some never sleep. I generally don't sleep.

If you have hosts to meet you and take care of transportation and lodging, that could help. It saves you from getting wound up to handle that stuff, as well as from mistakes that could further delay your bedtime. Avoid caffeine, at least in the second half of your flight, and on arrival figure on a light snack at most before hitting the sack early. Remember that tea has caffeine. So do most cola drinks, Dr Pepper, and Mountain Dew. (Their original slogan was "There's a bang in every bottle" because it was the first lemon flavored soda pop to add caffeine.)

A fairly busy day after the first night's sleep might be okay, but I'd advise against anything highly challenging or any big evening plans.

It will probably take a second night's sleep before you're really sharp.

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