Unfortunately what comes hopping across different time zones is the dreaded jet lag. A word that represents exhaustion, loss of appetite, poor sleep cycles and even concentration issues, can wreak havoc among travellers. But how can travellers exactly avoid this issue? Unfortunately for travellers, there is no fixed answer to avoiding jet lag. However, in saying that, there are many ways to minimise the impact jet lag may have on travellers. Below I have my top 6 tips to help you survive your next threat of jet lag.
Prepare for Your Flight
Adjust your sleeping routine and eating times to match those similar times to the destination you will be visiting. Doing this a few days before you travel will help assist your internal alarm clock to beat the impacts of jet lag once you have arrived at your travelling destination. This is also great for travellers as this will give them more time to explore, rather than waste time in bed whilst their body clocks are still adjusting to the time difference.
Cut Back on Caffeine
Avoid the urge to consume any products high in caffeine at least 24 hours before your flight until after you have arrived at your destination. These include coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks, as they will affect your ability to rest easy and decrease jet lag recovery time. Your body needs to be hydrated, not flushed away with sugar and artificial stimulates. Therefore, drinking large amounts of water is great for offsetting the impact of jet lag.
Avoid In Flight Alcohol
Alcohol can be seen as a great way to escape the dreaded long-haul flight, however, what people don’t realise is that the alcohol is doing more bad than good. Especially when it comes to beating jet lag, alcohol must be avoided at all costs. The effects of alcohol include dehydration which will make it even harder to beat the inevitable jet lag.
Catch Up on Sleep on the Plane
Take the opportunity to get as much sleep as possible whilst on the plane. It is especially important if you are travelling from west to east as you will be heading forward through the time zones. Therefore ensure you are prepared for a good night sleep on the plane, I recommend bringing a neck pillow (which also provides great neck support during long-haul flights) and an eye mask to help you feel comfortable whilst dozing off on a plane.
Avoid Sleeping Pills or other Medications
It is important to be careful with all forms of medication taken during a flight. Try to avoid sleeping pills if possible, as many are not worth it. A short-acting sleeping pill may help you get through some of the flight, but the wrong medication could do more bad than good. Also make sure you are aware of the effects your sleeping pills will have at 30,000 feet above sea level.
Avoid Arriving at Night
Think ahead, when booking your flights. Try to choose a flight that is overnight and arrive at the destination the next day morning. This will make it easier to stay awake during the day once you have arrived at a destination, as you’ll be much more tempted to get out an explore, which will help you beat the exhaustion of jet lag. An overnight flight also helps assist with sleeping on the plane, as well as help your internal alarm clock once you arrive at the destination.
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