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Jet lag cures?

Em's back from Oz - tanned , tattoed and full of beans, but with jet lag. Any quick cures? I heard 'carrot juice'.... any good?

Please let me know!

She got back at 7am this morning and I am letting her sleep til 12 or 1pm latest and then I want her to try to get back into our time.



Posted at 11th Dec 2008 - 10:13AM   Posted by Faith   Jet lag cures? Comments: 20

Westerwitch's Avatar My friend from Montana used to allow herself only an hours sleep on the day she arrived home and then made herself stay up until her 'proper' bedtime.

I would have thought anything that supports the body would be good.

How lovely to have her home in time for Xmas though Faith.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 11th Dec 2008 at 10:25AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Eeek, there is something - is it melatonin? Would need to check. ALso essential oils that can help but I would have to check in my books.....will go hunt.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 11th Dec 2008 at 10:59AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Ideally you shouldn't sleep - but just eeek. Seems she should have grapefruit oil - maybe a good soak in a bath with a few drops added to a tablespoon of milk and swished round the bath. Geranium also good apparently.
Will check if there is anything homeopathic too. and sure WW will have some reflex points....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 11th Dec 2008 at 11:40AM

Milla's Avatar A TATTOO!!!
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Posted by: Milla on 11th Dec 2008 at 11:50AM

Milla's Avatar sorry, that link didn't work, it's meant to move (help! Blossom!) and be Marge Simpson's hair flying all over the place)

Posted by: Milla on 11th Dec 2008 at 11:51AM

Jayem's Avatar The best 'cure' [and we fly this route often] is to eat the right kind of meals at the right time of day for the timezone you're in, it sort of resets the mental clock. Then the next best thing is to get outside and use the sunlight [ha!] to help ... daylight resets really well. And try to stay awake until something like the normal time for this zone... it gets better each day. It's much harder to make the adjustment going the other way, believe me! Oh, and lots of liquids. Good luck!

BTW - Melatonin only works for some people, EMJ - it was suggested for me after a bad trip back to HK, and it made me feel dreadful for days, I felt completely drugged, and was incapable of even the simplest decision. Horrible!

Posted by: Jayem on 11th Dec 2008 at 12:12PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Yeah, yeah, sleeping... jet lag.... seriously though, a TATTOO???!! Please tell more. I'm agog.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 11th Dec 2008 at 12:23PM

Faith's Avatar Thanks all! i've heard about sunlight too and as its sunny here I'm going to make her get up, have lunch and we'll go for a short walk.

What's the fuss about the tattooWink Actually I personally like tattooes as long as they can be covered and don't show if you are wearing a lovely dress and not tooooo tacky! Its a butterfly just above her bum - where my eldest has her dragonfly (copying big sis!) The butterfly is her symbol if you know what I mean. I will try to get a photo of it to show - its very pretty!

Posted by: Faith on 11th Dec 2008 at 12:36PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Actually the interest in the tattoo is because I want one. I wanted something small and tasteful to celebrate my 40th. But I've been told it's a 'midlife crisis' and 'stop being so silly' by a certain (male) person. My sister-in-law has a lovely (and quite large) tiger on her thigh. I'd be fascinated to see the butterfly.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 11th Dec 2008 at 12:57PM

Fennie's Avatar I would hate a tattoo. But Younger Daughter is a fan and has something discreet on her shoulder, which I have to admit looks lovely. On jet lag, not a clue, though I remember Roy Jenkins writing that he always set his watch to his destination time when he got on a plane and then stared at it. I've never had a problem coming home, so I guess my clock never changes. Equally, I have never truly felt comfortable on the American Continent, even long after others had adjusted.

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Dec 2008 at 01:09PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Missed the tattoo bit altogether... When I was younger I always fancied Celtic bands around my arms - but glad I didn't as would never have looked good on my pallid flesh and would hve looked even worse on flab!!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 11th Dec 2008 at 01:32PM

Milla's Avatar Nope, we're back onto agreeing to disagree, Faith. I have a morbid almost voyeuristic interest in them, but can't abide 'em! Am sure it's tasteful and lovely and I'm just a prim old scaredy cat.

Posted by: Milla on 11th Dec 2008 at 01:33PM

Cait's Avatar Sorry I can't help Faith.
I can't even adjust when the clocks here go forward or backwards!
My son has a nice discreet tattoo, a shamrock high up on upper arm.
I think my daughter wants one, something Celtic I believe.

Posted by: Cait on 11th Dec 2008 at 01:40PM

Some good suggestiions on here. Not sure you can get melatonin in the UK?

But I recommend my patients try to remain awake until natural bedtime, go for a walk, drink plenty of liquids, but not caffeine, and before bedtime try some relaxing bath oils.

If you must stay awake and function any oil which is citrus, grapefrui, tlemongrass will help revitalise you.

Fresh air is the best of all, and eat light but wholesome food.

It usually takes about 3 days to get back on the time line, if you are stuli suffering after that then this is true jetlag.

Posted by: Crucifix on 11th Dec 2008 at 01:46PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar This is what Blossom would say!

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Posted by: Blossomcottage on 11th Dec 2008 at 02:16PM

Pondside's Avatar I'm with Milla on this one - I've seen too many tatoos in my line of work to find them attractive in any way at all unless there is some sort of tribal/aboriginal significance.

Posted by: Pondside on 11th Dec 2008 at 03:02PM

Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Don't have any cures, Faith, but just want to say hope she is okay and you have a lovely evening.

CJ xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 11th Dec 2008 at 03:49PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Moving immediately into the new time system is very important and horrible! Staying awake can be very difficult, so sitting about is not the thing to do! You wake up at horrid hours of the night and want to get up. Not sure what the best thing to do is then. Maybe a warm drink and back to bed?

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Dec 2008 at 09:14PM

Angel's Avatar How lovely to have her back.

I was going to advise what Jayem has. Definitely meals when we eat, keep to local sleep times etc, even if if she's struggling.

Enjoy the time together

Posted by: Angel on 11th Dec 2008 at 11:22PM

Camilla's Avatar Haha Blossom, what a cutie.

Faith - Lovely to have Em safely back home with you, pleased she had a lovely time in Oz land. When my son returned from China in the summer this year, would you believe he went straight into his office and sat at desk and worked until 1pm lunchtime, but then was sooo tired he went home and fell asleep for over 13 hours.

I think it takes a while to get over jet lag but eventually after much sleep the body gets back into our time clock.

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Dec 2008 at 02:02AM

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