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Skyscanner Reveals the Tricks Filipinos do to Avoid Jetlag (Press Release)


From limiting alcohol consumption to taking Viagra, what Filipinos are doing to combat jet lag? According to a recent survey by Skyscanner, a leading global travel search site, 54% of Filipinos have flown with long distance transmerdian flights. This often results to desynchronisis or what is commonly known as jet lag, which results to poor sleep upon arrival, poorer mental performance and increased fatigue.

According to Tony Gherardin of National Medical Adviser at the Travel Doctor – TMC, "In an ideal world, to prevent jetlag we should begin taking on the habits of destination time zone before we leave home,". "That is, eating at the same time and sleeping or resting at the same time as what you would be doing at that destination. Of course this isn't always possible at home or even while flying."

Filipinos have tried various means to combat effects of jet lag - from changing their body clock to adjusting their alcohol consumption. Skyscanner has identified practices that Filipinos use before or after they take long haul flights.

Have you ever tried any of the following to try and avoid jetlag and did they work?
Eating a light diet of healthy fresh food
45.8%
Exercising/ stretching on the plane
44.7%
Setting my watch to destination time when I board the plane and sleeping according to this time zone
35.3%
Getting as much exercise and fresh air on the day of travel as you can
27.60%
Trying to stay awake all flight and sleep only when I arrive at my destination
25.60%
Avoiding alcohol 24 hours before the flight until landed
25.4%
Taking sleeping tablets
14.50%
Drinking alcohol to fall asleep on the flight to wake up refreshed
12.50%
Taking anti-jet lag pills
8.50%
Taking a herbal remedy
8.30%
Taking melatonin
4%
Taking Viagra
0.70%

Most Filipinos rely on their health when it comes to jetlag. In a survey conducted with 1000 respondents, majority of Filipinos (45.8%) choose to eat a light diet of healthy fresh food. Other health conscious activities include exercising and stretching on the plane (44.7%) or get as much exercise and fresh air on the day of travel as they can (27.6%). While others adjust their sleeping habits, which include those who change their time to destination time when they board the plane and sleeping according to this time zone (35.3%) and those who try to stay awake all flight and sleep only when I arrive at my destination (24.5%).

Some Filipinos use the help of medicine and take sleeping tablets (14.5%) or anti-jet lag pills (8.5%), herbal remedies (8.3%) or melatonin (4%). Others even go as far as taking Viagra (0.7%) just to avoid jetlag. Moreover, some Filipinos adjust their alcohol consumption. There are those who drink alcohol to fall asleep on the flight to wake up refreshed (12.5%), while others go the other way and avoid alcohol 24 hours before the flight until landed (25.4%).

Janet Ranola, Philippines Marketing Manager of leading travel search site, Skyscanner says, "While most Filipinos take only a day to recover from jetlag,". "It takes two to five days for some, which is probably why there are those who try various methods to avoid it."

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