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

By CNN Staff
November 13, 2013 -- Updated 0048 GMT (0848 HKT)
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.
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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
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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.

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