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Top 5 Tips To Beat Jetlag

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For those of you that have traveled long and far enough to experience jetlag, you’ll understand that it really, really sucks!
I’ve flown a fair amount. Not as much as some, but a fair amount nonetheless. Moving 24 hours across the other side of the world has helped this considerably, and I’ve seen my fair share of airports and aircraft cabins!! Have you ever spent 24 hours on a plane? It stinks – literally and metaphorically.

I’ve tried almost everything to overcome this problem, and with very little success. Here’s my little suggestion corner for those that struggle with it as much as me.

Knock Yourself Out

Either pop down your local pharmacy and get yourself some sleeping tablets or, even better, get yourself down to the doctors and load up on something a little stronger! In my case, I don’t actually like flying (yes, that’s funny considering I moved all the way across the world) and I’ve even tried Prozac to help me sleep when travelling. According to some reports, it has also been documented that Viagra can also aid in the recovery process, but I am yet to ask my doctor if I can try this method!!!

Drink Yourself To Sleep

Many airlines will offer you a couple of free alcoholic drinks on long haul flights, and most will serve you a glass of something with your dinner. If you ask nicely, I am sure that you can get yourself an extra one on the house (or cockpit, so to speak), and if you add this to a couple of cheeky ones in the airport before take off,  you may have the perfect cocktail to send yourself to sleep (get it?).

Upgrade And Go Business Class

Business class is nice, and depending on the airline, it can be very very nice, but the purpose here is not to be pampered, but to overcome jetlag. The main benefit of business class will be the availability to an extended seat or bed for you to rest in. For those of you that are the height of me, this is a massive benefit, and can considerably help with your adjustment.

One Way Ticket

No, I don’t mean buy yourself a one way ticket and not come back! True, this would also solve your jetlag problem, but a solution that even I would consider a little extreme. There is evidence that flying to the west is slightly easier than flying from west to east, and I am an advocate of this. My solution only really works for journeys such as London to Sydney, but you can easily return to your destination by continuing around the world in the same direction. It’s expensive, but I believe it works.

Don’t Bother – Be A Party Animal

My last suggestion is another one for the extremists, and I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint hearted. If you are flying for a short time – let’s say a weekend in Vegas as a suggestion – then don’t bother adjusting. Just stay up all night partying, sleep during the day, and return to your origin as if you’d never been away.

As your journey approaches it’s conclusion, go bananas partying with your friends and deprive yourself of sleep. The harder the party, the more tired you will be when it comes to returning home and, if you get it right, you will sleep the whole way home. This one works, I’ve done it!

The Best Jetlag CureAnd The Winner Is……

Well, the best solution is just for a bit of fun and is definitely not a serious suggestion. It’s a great interlude to saying that all of the above ideas are just my personal opinions, and are not recommended by experts. Alcohol is bad for you (and dehydrates you), Pills are no good in an emergency, and staying up and partying is plain daft.

With that said, the best way to overcome your jetlag is to do all of the above. Go out partying for two days solid, get drunk at the airport, take sleeping tablets on the plane, upgrade your ticket to business, fly in one direction, and don’t bother adjusting when you get to your destination. It might knock 5 years off your life, but I promise that you won’t have jetlag as a result.

About Adrian Britton

Sometimes I will talk about things that are interesting, and sometimes I won’t. Sometimes it will be a bit of a laugh, and sometimes it will just be a downright rant about something going on in the world – I’m often accused at moaning a lot, and I consider myself quite good at it !!



2 Responses to “Top 5 Tips To Beat Jetlag”

  1. I’ve found the best tip to aid jet lag is to get some sun on the day after you arrive.

    I came up with this theory when I used to travel to Brazil with my fiancé to visit her family. Whenever we would travel to Brazil, normally the first day we would laze around her back yard pool, but would not have jet lag too bad, but when coming back to Aus we’d rest indoors and have a terrible time.

    I have since tested this out (I travelled to Boston yesterday) on other trips and it seems to be working.

    So get outdoors 🙂

    Posted by Steve Forbes | 17/06/2012, 3:26 am

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