Some people are gifted when it comes to falling asleep in places that aren’t their own bed. Others? Not so much. Throw air travel into the mix, and our natural circadian rhythms are thrown for a real loop. In the name of a normal sleep pattern (in the air and on the ground), we dug up 7 super affordable jet lag remedies that have been approved en masse by Amazon reviewers around the world.
Multi-leg international flights are a total nightmare on their own, but follow one up with some serious jet lag and you've got a combo capable of ruining your entire first day of vacation. This in mind, I perused so-called "jet lag cures” as I prepared for a recent trip to Thailand. Flying JFK to Hong Kong, then HKG to Bangkok – 20+ hours in the air and a 12-hour time difference – I knew I'd need something. While I’m not here to debate the science behind these remedies; whether they're medically proven to be effective, or purely placebo, if you're willing place aside your skepticism and test them out, you might just catch some extra Zzzs.
Instavit Sweet Dreams
This nifty pocket-sized sleep aid comes in handy whether you’re battling with falling asleep in-flight, or just dealing with day-after grogginess. Shake it up and take 1-2 sprays 30 minutes before you’d like to nod off, and the doctor formulated melatonin and chamomile combo works to trigger your natural sleep cycle.
Benevolent Nourishment Liquid Melatonin
All-natural raspberry and vanilla flavored liquid is the way to go when you’re considering melatonin. Faster acting than pill or tablet alternatives, the dietary supplement is proven to regulate your internal clock and knock you out gently. Thirty-minutes before you’re ready to sleep, just take 30 drops (about 2 half-full droppers) worth of the formula and you’re good to go.
1Above Anti Jet Lag
This anti-jet lag drink made industry headlines when it debuted this summer. A powerful blend of electrolyes, grapeflo (a blend of circulation-supporting polyphenol extracts like those found in red wine), B and C vitamins, and Pycnogenol (natural pink bark), the drink helps to ease grogginess and support immune health.
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Viva Naturals French Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has been killing the game for thousands of years, helping to heal everything from burns, cuts, and insect bites, to nosebleeds, anxiety, and...you guessed it: insomnia! Rub a drop or so of the calming essential oil between your palms and inhale to help ease into slumber. If that doesn't quite do it, you can also massage a few drops into your temples, wrists, and feet, and/or sprinkle a bit on your pillow.
No-Jet-Lag Homeopathic Flight Fatigue Remedy
If your goal isn’t necessarily to sleep, but to prevent following-day fatigue, No-Jet-Lag is a great option. The homeopathic remedy (active herbal ingredients include arnica and chamomile) comes with 32 tablets – enough to keep you clear headed and insomnia-free for 50 hours of flying. Chew one up before take off, another every two hours (unless you fall asleep), and one final one at landing and you’ll be sitting pretty for a day of exploration in your chosen destination.
Sprayology Travel Ease Homeopathic Oral Spray
Not a fan of chewable tablets? This FDA-regulated therapeutic spray has all the same benefits. The tiny bottle is easy to pop in your carry on, and two spritzes under your tongue – before your flight, after two hours in the air, and once more at landing – is enough to prevent dehydration and sleeplessness.
JetZone Jet Lag Prevention
Temporarily block jet lag’s nasty side effects – insomnia, all around exhaustion, irritability, headaches, restlessness – with JetZone. The FDA-regulated chewable tabs were developed by a homeopathic MD and a pack of 30 is enough to cover 48 hours of traveling.