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November 14, 2013 Social Media No Comments Email Email

The findings of a new survey by leading global travel search site Skyscanner have revealed the various techniques adopted by Australian travellers in the bid to combat jetlag.

94% of Aussies surveyed said they had taken a long haul flight in the last year and on average it took them 2.3 days to recover from jetlag.

51% said that stretching and exercising on the plane had helped them deal with jetlag at their destination. The second most effective technique was ensuring that they ate a light diet of healthy fresh food (34%), and third was setting their watch to the destination time and sleeping according to that time zone (26%).

Tony Gherardin, National Medical Adviser at the Travel Doctor – TMC (www.traveldoctor.com.au), noted his tips for effectively combating the effects:

‘In an ideal world, to prevent jetlag we should begin taking on the habits of destination time zone before we leave home. That is, eating at the same time and sleeping or resting at the same time as what you would be doing at that destination. Of course this isn’t always possible at home or even while flying.’

‘What works reasonably well is to eat light meals and keep hydrated, avoiding heavy foods and alcohol.’

Of the travellers surveyed, 37% said they had tried to drink alcohol to assist with falling asleep, however, 26% noted that this did little to help.  43% of travellers said they had attempted to stay awake the entire flight but only a quarter said that this had worked to their advantage.

Only 16% of travellers had tried using sleeping tablets and found that it helped, to which Tony advises that, ‘safe use of sleeping tablets or melatonin once you’ve reached your destination can also assist in getting your body in sync with the time zone.’

Dave Boyte, Market Development Manager Australia and New Zealand said, ‘Jetlag is something that travellers try desperately to avoid. Everyone has a different ‘cure’ for beating it – some work and some don’t.  However, it is good to see that healthy diet, light stretching and exercise all contribute to helping travellers deal with the effects of jetlag’.

Most popular Which alleged ‘cures’ for jetlag have you ever tried? Yes, I tried it I believe it worked as a cure for jetlag
1 Stretch/light exercise on flight

78%

51%

2 Light and healthy diet

57%

34%

3 Set watch to new time zone

48%

27%

4 Stay awake all flight

43%

16%

5 Exercise and fresh air on the day of travel

37%

22%

6 Drinking alcohol

37%

11%

7 Sleeping tablets

27%

17%

8 Avoiding alcohol

21%

10%

9 Taking herbal remedy

8%

4%

10 Taking melatonin

6%

3%

11 Taking anti-jetlag pills

6%

2%

12 Taking Viagra

3%

1%

 

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