Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 2
I use Nature's Own Valerian pills. I find that valerian is effective without being overpowering and it doesn't leave me groggy when I wake up. I used to use prescription tablets but they always made me feel very zonked out when I woke, and that's NOT what you want on a flight. Sure, you can get a really deep sleep, but once I was still cloudy in the head when we landed because I'd slept most of the way through from Singapore and even with the seat in landing position I was still dozing, and when I got up I was on auto-pilot and completely forgot that I had bought some duty-free at Changi and it was in the overhead bin. I just grabbed my rollaboard bag and handbag, the two things I always travel with, and walked off the plane and only later did I remember having the duty free.
Member since 03 Nov 2015
Total posts 11
Best over the counter options in the US are melatonin, Sleep Aid and ZzzQuil LiquiCaps. ZzzzQuil was developed by NyQuil which had products to help you sleep with you have a cold or flu, they apparently found out that a lot of people started taking the NyQuil night-time products just to sleep, so the ZzzzQuil in a spin-off which just focuses on sleeping.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 13 May 2018
Total posts 8
I agree with Stilnox. That works very well for me. Used it very often, including with alcohol, and no side effects.
Member since 31 Jan 2016
Total posts 67
Self medication with 'vin rouge' in lounge and some fizz before dinner to SIN is really good for five to six hours, but makes SIN - LHR really crap. Oh well, at least the first bit of the trip is fine... ;)
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
zopiclone is amazing. wake up with no hangover feeling. stillnox, valium all make me feel like i have been hit over the head. melatonin - waste of time imo
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,003
This is an excellent example of how different remedies work for (or not for) different people. Melatonin works a treat for me, albeit with extra-vivid dreams, but is more for pushing me off to sleep rather than keeping me there; valium is similar sans dreams, however I find it far more relaxing and can definitely feel it taking effect; Zopiclone is an solid all-nighter for me (so I use it only when I can be sure to get no less than seven hours of sleeping time) but definitely leaves me blurred around the edges for at least half an hour after I wake up.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 26 Oct 2014
Total posts 3
It's Zopiclone 7.5mg for me. I do take a large dose (22.5mg) cause of other problems.
Member since 20 Nov 2015
Total posts 39
Member since 17 Apr 2018
Total posts 1
I've got a high than normal risk of seizure when I sleep (although medicated now with no issues in 4 years, touch wood), and the risk is increased when I'm overtired. I travel a lot into Asia and the Middle East, so the Doc stressed that sleep on planes, even in Economy is key. For shorter flights like Jakarta or Bali to Sydney or Bangkok to Dubai, a take a couple of Advil PM's available when I visit the USA. They help we wake non drowsy, but I get a restful 3-4 hours. For longer flights of 8+ hours overnight, I take 1/2 a stillnox. I don't deliberately avoid alcohol, but never more than 1 glass on the plane if I've popping a stillnox. Never had side effects to date. I do feel a little groggy after a stillnox.
Member since 24 Apr 2014
Total posts 230
I use Circadin (prescription melatonin). It's slow release, so you don't wake up easily. It also has no after effect or wooziness. Wonder drug! but natural!
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 26 Nov 2017
Total posts 14
Temazapam for me although you need a prescription. Find I get a good 7 - 8 hours and feel OK upon waking. Alcohol doesn't seem to interfere too much either - obviously within reason though.
Member since 08 Aug 2017
Total posts 46
Like AsiaBiz above: Zopiclone. In Australia branded Immovane. It is fantastic. Absolutely controllable. And dead to the world sleep but clear headed afterwards.
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