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1. Posted by iamme (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Anybody who can help it would be really greatful................ does anybody know a cure or prevention for jetlag? as am flying from europe to sydney.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I had the worst jetlag ever flying from Auckland to Montreal. I didn't sleep right for weeks! They say flying west to east is harder on the body than the other way around. We can manage longer days, but not shorter ones.

Anyway, I've heard that taking Gravol or something else to make you sleep on the plane can help. Avoid coffee and alcohol (although the later makes me sleepy), change your sleep patterns gradually over a week to adjust to the time zone you're leaving for, resist the temptation to nap in the afternoons when you arrive. There are some jetlag drugs sold at pharmacies, too, which may help.

Wish I'd looked into it before I left!

3. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

there is nothing to do to avoid jet lag. it took me about three days to get used to korean time. but drink lots of water and just when you can.

4. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I've flown from the USA to Australia a few times.... always land in Sydney in the morning and stay up and active until about 8pm that evening. It's easier going over than coming back. I try to avoid alcohol, although a glass of wine with dinner is OK. And I drink plenty of water. I try to sleep on the plane..take a sleep aid if I need to. You can buy over the counter meds like Melatonin that is supposed to help but I have never tried that. There really is no way to avoid jet lag.... just to the best you can to adjust when you get there. ie..go to bed at the normal time, and eat the meal of the breakfst at breakfast time...

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Common jet lag symptoms like daytime sleepiness, insomnia, disorientation, difficulty concentrating, slowed reflexes, indigestion and irritability can be alleviated by applying specially designeg self-massage technique to your hands, ears and foot.


In addition to using Jet Lag Eliminator, to arrive feeling fresh and relaxed:

1. Massage both ears on arrival. Massage the entire ear thoroughly, inside and out, spending 2-3 minutes on each ear. (They may be quite sensitive!)

2. Once you reach your destination, you need to ground your electromagnetic system as soon as possible:
stand in direct sunlight for 10-20 minutes without glasses
walk barefoot on the ground
swim in the ocean or soak in an Epsom salt bath

3. Try to adjust meal and sleep times to the new time zone before departure.

4. Airplane air is dry - many experts suggest drinking quality water before, during and after your flight. We recommend you bring your own bottled water. It is important to drink at least 8-12 ounces of water every hour.

5. Your skin gets dry too - minimize dehydration of your skin by applying lotion to as much of your body as possible. Reapply as often as needed.

6. Avoid alcohol before and during your flight(s).

7. Cabin noise causes fatigue - use earphones to listen to your choice of music or use earplugs to reduce noise.

8. Increase circulation on longer flights by moving , walking around and/or performing isometric exercises

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

But why post it twice?

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

the first is true - the second was posted on April Fool and that one actually is a joke. I just discovered a few days ago that nothing works and there is actually no cure for the jet lag

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Sleep is the best cure I've found for jetlag. Particularly if you can stretch your legs out in a comfortable quiet room