It doesn't matter how many times you've flown or how prepared you are, the dreaded jet lag is bound to affect you in some way or another. Everyone has their own remedy or tricks to deal with jet lag but the truth is it's unavoidable. Don't lose faith my friend as we're here to share with you some ways to minimize the worst of jet lag and hopefully help you recover a little quicker.
Plan, plan, plan: If possible book a flight that lands in the evening as you'll be tired enough to go straight to bed. Plan to get a few good nights sleep in a row before you fly as lack of sleep prior to flying will make jet lag worse.
West not east: “Your circadian rhythm is less disrupted if you travel west,” Dr Joseph Sgroi says. “This is because travelling west prolongs the body clock’s experience of its normal day-night cycle. Travelling east runs in direct opposition to the body clock.” If you can swing it, book flights going west and try to plan a few stopovers to gradually ease into a new timezone.
Bad booze: Alcohol not only dehydrates you but also causes shallow and restless sleep. Likewise with coffee and tea as they contain caffeine. Drinking water is a much better option as it not only hydrates but hasn't got any stimulants to keep you awake.
Creature of habit: Having a bedtime routine is a great way to wind your body down whilst flying. Brushing your teeth, taking makeup off and changing into your pajamas will help trick your body into feeling tired.
I've landed. Now what?: The flight is over and now the hard work starts. Sunlight is your new best friend here as it helps to reset your body clock and adjust to the timezone. Stay awake till night time if you possibly can and if there is no sun then any bright light is better than none.
Run Forest, run: Refuse that urge to nap and slap those runners on for some exercise instead. Not only will you catch some much needed sunlight to help reset your body clock but the exercise will give you endorphins and get your blood pumping making you feel more awake.
Meditate and yoga: Using the techniques of yoga poses, you'll feel energized and able to face a full day ahead. Meditation can also help with stimulating the mind and helping to cope with the stress of flying.
Be consistent: Get up and go to bed at the same time each day until you're fully back on track. This is important when you get home as well.
Remember that there is no magic pill or potion that will make jet lag disappear and taking sleeping tablets is the not the best thing you can do. Pre-planning, going natural and being sensible is your best bet in reducing symptoms.
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