Jet lag is no fun. It can keep you up when everyone else is sleeping, or make you want to nap while everyone else is awake. So what can you do about it? While there are tons of tips and recommendations to fight jet lag out there, here’s are some we suggested for you.
Avoid arriving at night
Try to avoid choosing a flight which arrives at night. When you arrive in day time, you can stay awake and be much more tempted to get out and explore.
Have a good sleep before the flight
People often end up having slept for just a few hours before a long flight. Big mistake. Last minute changes to your routine will only make it harder to adjust to new time zones, and getting a good night’s sleep before your flight will leave you better equipped to cope with jet lag.
Set your watch to the destination time before boarding the plane
Maybe some people suggest starting to get used to your destination’s time zone a couple of days before you travel, it’s more practical to do this once you are on the plane or even in the airport as not to get in the way of your activities at home.
Say NO to coffee
The caffeine in coffee can stay in your system for up to seven hours which is likely to disturb any sleeping you’ll probably want to do later. Drink water instead to keep you alert and hydrated.
Another thing to avoid is consuming heavy foods. If you have a large meal, especially at lunchtime, then it’s likely to throw your body clock further out of sync. Stick to the food you are served on the plane for light meal options served at the correct time of day for your destination’s time zone.
Catch up on sleep
Try to get as much sleep as you normally would in a 24-hour period – make up any shortfall with a (short) snooze on the day of arrival if necessary.
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