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Red eye flight?

Commented on October 01, 2017
Created August 31, 2013 at 4:35 AM

Yo!

Anyone have a good hack for surviving a red eye flight? I believe it's a 6 hour flight, hour layover, then another 1 or 2 hour flight to my destination. Last time I tried magnesium + 5-HTP which did not put me to sleep and I was a mess the next day. I don't want to get a prescription sleep aid but I'm at a loss as to how to successfully sleep on the plane.

Thanks!

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on October 01, 2017
at 03:39 AM

I know this is an old thread, but I created an account and wanted to strongly advise against combining Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol. It can lead to disorientation, decreased breathing, and/or death. The Ativan will be enought to help you drift off to sleep on a long flight. 

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on September 01, 2013
at 04:17 AM

Thanks! Will check out the links. Just to clarify, my concern is more with the red eye and lack of sleep than jet lag. The time difference will only be 3 hours, which I can typically handle decently well. I usually avoid red eyes at all costs but with this particular trip I have no choice.

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on August 31, 2013
at 06:51 AM

You need to adjust your circadian rhythm (tho i'm guessing you knew that already).
Some people have success with bright light therapy &/or melatonin.
Melatonin can be taken a few days before your flight as well, to tweak your circadian rhythm for the new time time.

There are quite a few pubmed studies on melatonin & jet lag, melatonin seems to work for some people, but not all.
Here are links to two studies;
1. Melatonin for the prevention and treatment of jet lag

2. Use of melatonin in circadian rhythm disorders and following phase shifts

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on September 01, 2013
at 04:17 AM

Thanks! Will check out the links. Just to clarify, my concern is more with the red eye and lack of sleep than jet lag. The time difference will only be 3 hours, which I can typically handle decently well. I usually avoid red eyes at all costs but with this particular trip I have no choice.

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on September 01, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Forget herbal nonsense. I've also tried melatonin and it was a waste of money.

Here's what I do on long-haul flights: get Rx for Ativan, try to score an upgrade to biz class with miles or upgrade certificates, pop the pill and wash it down with a glass of wine, and sleep for 6-8 hours waking up rested without the bleary hangover of booze or something like Ambien. Even in coach/torture class I can get some decent sleep with Ativan or an equivalent.

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on August 31, 2013
at 05:19 AM

I haven't done much research, but my mother has gone through a wide variety of sleep aids both prescription, OTC and natural and she just started taking Valerian Root and it works well for her. Again I don't know much about it but something to check out!

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