Member since 09 Aug 2015
Total posts 11
I'm interested in hearing what sleeping pills the AusBT readers use and recommend for international flights as well as to help with that first night's sleep, as that's something I often have trouble with too.
Member since 14 Jun 2018
Total posts 45
Stillnox. Only need to take half a tablet. It's a prescription though.
Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 50
Melatonin is my 'go-to', buy it from the USA on your next trip there, there's loads to choose from at CVS and Walgreen. It's very inexpensive, ranges from tablets or capules of 3mg to 5mg to 10mg. I find 5mg is enough. Don't bother buying in in Australia, chemists here have to have a prescription from your doctor and they then make a 'compounded' version which is incredibly low-dosage and pretty much useless as well as costing heaps more than what you get in the US.
I think you need to be careful with stillnox not to mix it with alcohol though?
Member since 20 Nov 2015
Total posts 39
I use Zopiclone, it's a very good sedative and although normally prescription-only you can buy it over the counter at Fanda pharmacies in Hong Kong, which is where I get it from. Fanda has shops at TST in Nathan Road, very close to TST station's D1 and D2 exits, also in Pedder St at Central, just near the corner of Chater Rd and Des Voeux Rd. Get the 7.5mg tablets. I can't remember the price but it's pretty cheap, Fanda sells Zopiclone under one of its brand names as 'Dopareel'. This really knocks you out, so I would make sure you have a good eight hours of sleep time available to you, and it will leave you a bit drowsy and groggy for a short time after you wake up. But it's what I use on CX flights from HKG to Europe and it's excellent.
Yes, as a rule that's correct, however this does vary from one person to the next. My doctor takes stillnox when he flies and also has a glass of red wine with it and has zero side effects. If you do get a prescription for stillnox maybe try it at home one night to see how well it works for you, and then try it another night with a glass of wine and note the effects. In fact I recommend this for all sleeping tablets for travellers, the first time you have a new type of sleeping pill you should try it at home to see how your body handles it.
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Member since 30 Oct 2015
Total posts 74
I've used both Stilnox and Temtabs. Temtabs are my new preference - help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Feel a little hazy when I wake, but a bit of fresh air and a coffee fixes the haze.
Member since 11 Dec 2016
Total posts 61
Prefer to avoid any drugs unless absolutely necessary which is rare. A nice chamomile tea (sure, this is a drug but a more natural one), along with a bit of planning to set your sleep pattern on a path leading up to a flight if possible.
Member since 09 Mar 2015
Total posts 15
I will admit to being a fan of Pam, ie diazepam or temazepam, which is available under prescription for insomnia. Diazepam is also known as valium of course. Very effective within 30 minutes.
Member since 14 Jun 2013
Total posts 109
5gm of US-bought melatonin does the trick for me.
Temtabs are temazepam, very effective if your doctor is willing to prescribe them!
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Member since 22 May 2017
Total posts 21
Whichever pills you end up using, make sure to try them at home before you take them on the flight. My wife didn't try a sleeping pill before an overnight flight to HK for a holiday and the side effects kept her wide awake all night during the flight then fell super dozy and sleepy when we arrived in HK.
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 231
Good tip Pabs, same thing happened to a friend of mine, his sister is a pharmacist and gave him some pills for a long trip and it kept him awake the whole way, funny thing was he offered one to the pax in the seat next to him and he fell fast asleep instantly and snored the whole trip.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
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