This is the same technique that slightly modified can help almost all babies sleep through the night.
To prevent jet lag you are going to do 3 things.
- Drink lots of water on the plane. For more info about drinking water go here. The plane dehydrates you so you need extra water to help you body stay hydrated. And the only thing that counts as water is water. Coffee, tea, alcohol etc. do not count as water. If you want to drink them you can, I am just saying don't expect to get rid of jet lag then. (as well as them being hazardous to your health)
- Right before the plane is about to land (before the wheels actually touch down) you are going to gently pull the outside of your ears in all directions straight out from the middle of your ear. You will do this for about 20 seconds. Pulling down on your earlobes, out on the sides of your ears, up on the top of your ears, changing the angle like that all the way around the outside of both of your ears. Pulling away from the center of your ears. You cannot rub to long, so if in doubt, keep rubbing. AND after you do this
- You will then rub underneath your left armpit, right in the middle of your side, or half way between the front and back of your body on your side, about one of your hand widths below your armpit. The area is only about the size of one finger tip that you actually have to rub. So if you take all your finger tips from your right hand and rub the general area, you will be fine. Just rub this area for about 20 seconds. Again, you cannot rub to long, so if in doubt just keep rubbing.
There is one thing. If you are landing late at night DO NOT DO THIS. You will be up for a while. Do this first thing in the morning before your feet hit the floor. It will work wonders for getting your internal clock on the same time zone you are in.
There is a whole song and dance using acupuncture and body energetics why this works. But the bottom line is it works. And if it doesn't, which it does, you lost 40 seconds of a plane ride right before landing. Oh well.