Skip to main content

Exercise, alcohol and Viagra -- best cures for jet lag?

By CNN Staff
updated 7:48 PM EST, Tue November 12, 2013
Stretching and doing some light exercise in flight is recommended for avoiding muscle cramps and deep-vein thrombosis, but 61% of the Singaporean fliers polled by Skyscanner also claimed to do it to avoid jetlag. Some 51% of people who tried this cure said it worked, making it the most successful jetlag cure on the list. Stretching and doing some light exercise in flight is recommended for avoiding muscle cramps and deep-vein thrombosis, but 61% of the Singaporean fliers polled by Skyscanner also claimed to do it to avoid jetlag. Some 51% of people who tried this cure said it worked, making it the most successful jetlag cure on the list.
HIDE CAPTION
1. Stretch/light exercise on flight
2. Sleeping tablets
3.= Light and healthy diet
3.= Set watch to new time zone
5.= Viagra
5.= Exercise/fresh air before flight
7.= Avoid alcohol completely
7.= Herbal remedies
9. Drink alcohol
10. Stay awake for duration of the flight
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A thousand people are asked what jet lag remedies they use
  • Exercising and light exercise deemed most popular
  • Other "cures" include drinking, not drinking and Viagra

(CNN) -- If you've ever been stuck for a jet lag cure, consider the experience of Singaporeans.

A new survey reveals a dozen ways Singaporean travelers try to avoid the 5 p.m. shuteye, along with their success rates.

Among them: Viagra, drinking alcohol and not drinking alcohol.

"Our survey has shown that people will often try various methods in order to beat jet lag -- but they may not work for everyone," said Singapore marketing manager Ira Noviani at travel search site Skyscanner, which conducted the poll of 1,000 travelers.

The most surprising choice was taking Viagra, which 11% of those surveyed said they'd tried.

Nearly half of those who said they'd tried the Viagra remedy claimed it works.

According to research conducted a few years ago, jet-lagged hamsters might agree.

More mundane methods of beating jet lag include taking melatonin, taking sleeping pills, staying awake during the flight and doing light exercise.

Jetlag "cure" and success rate, as reported by travelers

1. Stretch/light exercise on flight: 51% (51% of people who tried this cure, reported that it worked)

2. Sleeping tablets: 48%

3.= Set watch to new time zone: 46%

3.= Light and healthy diet: 46%

5.= Viagra: 45%

5.= Exercise/fresh air before flight: 45%

7.= Avoid alcohol completely: 42%

7.= Herbal remedies: 42%

9. Consume alcohol: 41%

10. Stay awake for duration of the flight: 40%

11. Anti-jet lag pills: 39%

12. Melatonin: 36%

What remedies have you discovered for minimizing jet lag? Share them in the comments.

More: The world's best city is ...

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:07 PM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Where to pay homage to the cutest local celebrities you'll ever stalk.
updated 9:10 AM EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
For air travelers who like to gripe about being cramped in economy, here comes another warning that they've never had it so good.
updated 8:06 AM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Cream cakes from the Ruszwurm bakery in Budapest, Hungary
Proving they're what's really important, the world's best pastry shops have survived survived sieges, revolutions and World War II.
updated 11:50 AM EDT, Thu July 17, 2014
Lois Pryce ignored naysayers and traveled 3,000 miles via motorcycle to discover the real Iran.
updated 11:20 PM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Built at a cost of $442.2 million, Universal Studios Japan hopes its new Potter attraction will bring in $55 billion over 10 years.
updated 10:40 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
A scene in Marrakech
The gateway to Morocco's Atlas Mountains is becoming a photographer's paradise -- but capturing it on camera isn't easy.
updated 5:36 PM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Cathay Pacific was pronounced the world's best airliner of the year at the industry's leading awards ceremony in Farnborough on Tuesday.
updated 4:44 PM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
Britain has stolen a march in the space race with plans for the world's first spaceport outside the U.S.
updated 10:53 AM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
In the hunt for the world's best amusement park, the people have spoken -- and it seems the people like mixing with creatures who eat a lot of fish.
updated 2:11 AM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
An Hellenic Seaplanes aircraft
Seaplane network set to open up far-flung destinations to affordable jet-setting tours.
updated 4:52 PM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
A man who took a dangerous selfie during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, with the half-ton beasts right behind him, is still on the run -- but this time from the police.
updated 10:07 PM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
Its cramped rooms and retro lobby are dated, but its charm and devotion to customers are worth preserving.
updated 1:53 AM EDT, Mon July 14, 2014
A young girl sits on a bench decorated with an image of Paddington Bear.
As part of a scheme to encourage reading, 50 benches designed in the style of popular novels or kids' stories have been scattered around London.
updated 9:01 PM EDT, Fri July 11, 2014
To all the locals who have been hoarding the following beaches, please forgive us.
updated 9:10 AM EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Jason Hullinger, a computer security architect in Los Angeles, went to Joshua Tree National Park in December to catch the Geminid meteor shower.
CNN iReporters from across the globe share their incredible images of the skies above us.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT