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Avoiding/Lessening Jetlag, Tip and Tricks

Old Mar 9, 2023, 2:53 am
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Avoiding/Lessening Jetlag, Tip and Tricks

This moring I was reading through the threads and in a dinning thread someone mentioned times of dining or sleeping while trying to lesson the burden of jetlag. Which I remember seeing simple advice/tips here and there to this same thing the last few weeks and tried to search if anyone had a thread pertaining to this very topic without finding one. And thought I would start one as I would love advice. As I've tried different things like morning flights and evening flights. But still I could be doing those flights wrong, as someone said they only sleep two hours on a night flight, where as I would do six hours. So I would love to hear your advice/tips/tricks and or theories for this subject as I have 4 trip to the states from Oslo in a 6 month period and Nothing would make me happier than to have to drag my back end behind me for a week after.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 3:04 am
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For large timezone adjustments (ie Australia/Europe), arriving late in the evening seems to help me adjust quicker, compared to an early morning arrival. But after having this conversation with many people, it seems to depend on whether you normally find it more difficult to stay awake or more difficult to fall/stay asleep.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 3:17 am
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Go west, don't drink any alcohol but plenty of water, try to start shifting towards your destination's time a couple of days ahead.

There is an app called time shifter which has tips about caffeine intake and light exposure, and it seems to help going west, but travelling eastwards is always hard for me.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 3:28 am
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A few threads here with some good tips.

Sleep strategy for BA275/274 LHR-LAS-LHR

Travel tips for sleeping longhaul?

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Old Mar 9, 2023, 3:59 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01
A few threads here with some good tips.

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Thanks! Feel a bit silly for not thinking of using the word "sleeping" in my search, as I was focused on jetlag.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 4:04 am
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Are you a lark or an owl? Makes a big difference to travel sleep management.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 4:05 am
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Theres an app called timeshifter which I find to be very useful at helping you plan your adjustments for travel in the days leading up to your flight and the days afterwards. You can of course do this yourself, but I find it a lot easier for it to tell you what time of day to start avoiding daylight, take caffeine / melatonin, get up, sleep etc.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by CaliforniaSwede
Thanks! Feel a bit silly for not thinking of using the word "sleeping" in my search, as I was focused on jetlag.
There's nothing to feel silly about, really. I just googled 'sleep flyertalk ba' and scrolled for a bit. At the end of the day we're all here to help each other.

I personally find Google is the best way as the actual Flyertalk search facility isn't that great.

Jerry a.laska is the Master for quoting threads though!
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 4:16 am
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Originally Posted by llynsoch
Are you a lark or an owl? Makes a big difference to travel sleep management.
I am the epitome of a plumbers butt for the crack of dawn... My mind and body are at war with what my soul wants (to sleep). So Normally I am up at 3-4 am
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I don't know if this will help the OP or not, but listening to some ASMR sounds during the flight might help... It did for me when coming back from Malta which, I know is short haul, but the same basic principle applies
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 5:18 am
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I decided i would drink less this year, and this has made a significant difference for me both going east and west.

I havent gone tea total, and have been able to see the difference between weeks where i have and havent been drinking
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Try to stay awake until 2am after landing, then you want wake up at whatever time and it’s always reasonable.
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by alex67500
Go west, don't drink any alcohol but plenty of water, try to start shifting towards your destination's time a couple of days ahead.

There is an app called time shifter which has tips about caffeine intake and light exposure, and it seems to help going west, but travelling eastwards is always hard for me.
Completely agree with this, UK based but relatively regularly travel to LAX and ICN, with the Los Angeles trips feeling far less brutal on the body clock.

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Old Mar 9, 2023, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by stewaran
I decided i would drink less this year, and this has made a significant difference for me both going east and west.

I havent gone tea total, and have been able to see the difference between weeks where i have and havent been drinking
Yes, as loathed as I am to admit it, drinking alcohol really doesnt help with jet-lag and time zone adjustments. Ive felt far better in the days after long haul flights where I havent drunk v those Ive enjoyed a bit too much ..
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Old Mar 9, 2023, 11:36 am
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To the extent it is possible, sleep as close to the time zone of where you are going while on the flight. Going USA-TLV in the evening, for instance, I sleep as close to the beginning of the flight as meal service and my body will allow. The flight that lands in the early AM is just death - anything late morning to evening is fine to arrive. Upon arrival, my rule is no sleep before 9pm or after 8am of the new time zone until fully adjusted. Usually takes me 2-3 days max.
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