No matter how excited you are about your trip to spend Christmas back home or your vacation with your friends, flying halfway across the world can be very stressful. After the packed airports, delayed flights and lost luggage, there comes jetlag. Jetlag occurs when you travel across time zones, which ruins your body’s normal rhythm. Truth is you can’t really avoid jet lag, but you can definitely make use of these tips to minimize the symptoms.
Before your flight – Leave home well rested. If the last two days before the trip are peaceful, orderly and don’t involve packing, you will be physically ready for your trip. You will also be mentally comfortable about leaving home and starting your adventure. If you will be staying at your destination for more than 2 days, you can start adjusting your sleeping schedule a few days before your trip. If you’re flying east, you can go to sleep an hour earlier than usual each night and if you’re traveling in the opposite direction, stay up later than you normally would.
Hydrate – Air-conditioned cabins dehydrate you, making you tired and messing up your body clock. Make sure you drink lots of non-alcoholic and decaffeinated drinks during your flight.
Get ahead of schedule – Change the time on your watch and cell phone as soon as you’re on the flight. The sooner you start thinking in the new time zone, the quicker you will adapt.
Adjust – As soon as you arrive, adjust your bedtime and meal times to local time. It will help align your body clock.
Rest – Use the flight to rest and reset. Warm clothes, earplugs, a face mask, neck pillow, anything that will help you get a significant sleep on the plane. It will definitely make you feel better.
Stretch – Get moving while you are traveling. Walking up and down the aisle a few times and doing leg and foot exercises will keep your blood pumping, therefore keeping you comfortable.
Replicate your normal routine – Tend to work out as soon as you wake up? Do the same at your destination even if you feel like staying in bed.
After your flight – When you get off the plane, try to keep yourself awake and busy. Workout, go dancing or drinking, whatever works for you. By the time you go to bed, you will be disoriented and you will sleep like a baby.
Though these tips won’t work for everyone, they just may keep you from yawning your way through your vacations. You can share with us how you have managed to beat jetlag. Comment below.