Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 10 Apr 2012
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Just off topic slightly... do any of you who use sleeping pills get concerned that it may knock you out, and you may be a little incapacitated in the unlikely event of an emergency?
Member since 12 Nov 2018
Total posts 5
5-10mg of anything from the diazepam family, mixes nicely with the cheese plate and a glass of red... Valium, Tamazepam, Xanax. Took a Kolonopin once on a EWR-DUB and remember being shaken awake by the crew after the flight had landed and everyone had disembarked.
Member since 06 Oct 2016
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Member since 04 Nov 2011
Total posts 205
Ha, maybe that’s how they work as a sleeping tablet after all.
Member since 30 Jan 2019
Total posts 4
5mg of melatonin compounded. Doesn’t make me feel groggy next day and can still work without that hangover feeling, unlike others. Need a prescription in Aus for this. Ask pharmacist to compound as normally only 2mg available.
Member since 29 Jul 2013
Total posts 24
I use the OTC generic pharmacy brands from CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid in the USA - they're all called "Sleep Aid" no matter which pharmacy you get them from. I find they're great because they're not habit-forming, non-addictive and if you do get woken up mid-sleep due to a mid-flight issue you're alert enough to function without feeling groggy or impaired in any way. For a short-haul, 5-7 hour overnight flight from the USA to Europe that departs late afternoon or early evening and arrives early morning the next day, I'll take one just to force my body clock into sleep mode. For longer 8-12 hour flights between Australia and UAE or North Asia or East Coast USA, I'll take two. I don't have more alcohol than one glass of champagne upon boarding and one glass of wine with my meal. If its a short flight (i.e. less than 5-7 hours) I won't eat a meal onboard so won't have any alcohol anyway so the interaction with sleeping pills is less of a concern.
Member since 16 Dec 2012
Total posts 3
I stay away from medication on flights too, too many risks. But, if you want to sleep, an amazing sedative that is over the counter is cetrazine, a supposedly "non-drowsy" antihistamine. Take 1 tablet and in 15 mins you will be ready to zzz away nicely.
Member since 25 Feb 2013
Total posts 6
I generally don't like sleeping pills as though they let me sleep, I don't actually feel awake or refreshed if I wake up from a sleeping pill sleep. I don't use a sleeping pill but use Kava. It doesn't knock you out and put you to sleep, but relaxes you enough that you can sleep when you want to. It also is a muscle relaxant so helps avoid stiffness from being cramped in an economy long haul seat. It's non-prescription and you can get it in most pharmacies or health food stores. I saw someone make a point about some sleeping tablets having a paradoxical reaction that makes people hyperactive and wired - Valerian has the same reaction in some people so good to test that out too (I am one of those people). Even with some kind of sleeping aid I've found ear plugs are a must. I've found most of my disorientation was due to mild ringing in the ears due to loud engine noise exposure for 14hrs - which damage your ears whether you can "hear it" or not. Since noise cancelling headphones and ear plugs and natural sleep (I am practised enough to only use Kava one in four times or so now) my jet lag has all but disappeared.
Member since 27 Jun 2013
Total posts 7
We always use melatonin - 10mg & sleep soundly, anywhere! Whenever in USA we always buy lots of bottles to bring home
Member since 23 Sep 2017
Total posts 10
Any sedative/hypnotic should not be combined with alcohol, particularly the benzodiazepines and “non” benzo’s including temazepam, zolpidem (Stillnox) and zopiclone (Imovane). Not to mention, some countries are very dodgy for flying through with drugs of dependence.
Member since 21 Jun 2017
Total posts 9
I travel to the UK or US every month and don't use any form of drugs but instead use a specific fit bit type device to monitor my sleep / eat / wake patterns. Very little if any jetlag.
Member since 14 Dec 2018
Total posts 1
‘Restravit’ does the trick for me. Over the counter and available at most pharmacies in Australia. Recommended by my GP and haven’t looked back since.
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Member since 19 Mar 2016
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Member since 18 Feb 2017
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Please please realise that any sleeping tablets is designed to depress (as opposed to stimulate) your system. Alcohol is also a depressant, and so combining the two is not wise. I am concerned by people’s very casual (and probably unqualified) advice to others.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
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There’s plenty of excellent first-hand advice here from readers, spanning the gamut from ‘natural’ supplements such as melatonin and valerian to prescription tablets (and several other practical tips as well) so we’re not removing this thread.
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Frequent flyers, what sleeping pills do you use and recommend?
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