Any hints on overcoming jet lag?

Old Apr 1st, 2003, 11:41 AM
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I also suggest not waiting too late to go to sleep once you arrive in London. For me, if I get too much past my exhaustion point, it gets all the much harder to get to sleep.
I have learned this the hard way, I kept pushing myself way past my limit the first day, got a "second wind" and then couldn't get to sleep at all, until I took a xanax.
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On our first couple of trips, we did the nap thing. The remaining trips we did not, and I can say, for us, the naps were a terrible idea. We still felt groggy and disoriented afterwards, and wasted 2-4 hours as well.
I think everyone has to try it different ways, and see what works for their bodies.
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I have horrible jet lag every trip. Having said that...

Last summer I tried a new method & it was better - just give into it. I slept when I wanted, napped each day, drank wine for lunch, and (like Grasshopper wisely pointed out) in 4-5 days it was gone. I also used a prescription sleeping pill at night. I was a bit disoriented but not so debiliated, as usual.

This worked MUCH better for me than the usual advise (tried previous 3 trips) of no naps, staying up, getting immediately into the local time. That made me a complete zombie during the day and insomniac at night for a full week.
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I shift my sleeping schedule forward a bit each day leading up until the trip, until the morning of my flight, I go to bed at 9PM and get up at 4AM.

On the flight, once the supper is over and the flight attendents have stopped crusing the aisles, lay back and close your eyes. Even if you don't actually sleep, you are getting rest.

Once you get there, go right straight through the day and go to bed London time.

This worked well for me a year ago in London and last week in Paris. In fact, the first day I took an evening bicycle tour and didn't get in until after midnight. And I felt great.

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