Posted September 16th, 2013, 12:05 PM
I'm not sure there is really any way to prevent jet lag. The best one can do is figure out what works for you in dealing with the results.
I've tried the melatonin, but since I'm a healthy skeptic of such things, it didn't seem to do anything for me.
I don't find jet lag a big problem on most of my trips (East coast US to Europe) as long as I can sleep a little on the plane and then keep going the next day until evening. Going to Asia is more challenging; hard to avoid waking up really early for a few days until your internal clock re-sets itself.
I'm curious why several people have said to avoid alcohol completely. Obviously I'm not talking about going on a bender, but I can't imagine having a glass or wine or two with one's in-flight meal is going to make any difference.
I'm sort of like you. I'll have maybe one or two glasses of wine at the beginning of the flight (like with dinner), then only water after that for rest of the flight.
Lots of references on the internet about avoiding alcohol totally, but then you get a post on this thread from a flight attendant (who obviously has LOTS of flying experience) who also subscribes to the one or two drink philosophy.