Traveling to a new destination can be exciting, but it can also take a toll on your body once you experience jet lag. Jet lag is an uncomfortable feeling caused by the disruption of your body's natural sleep-wake cycle. To make your travels a bit more comfortable, here are our top tips for surviving jet lag:
Prepare in Advance: Before you even leave, start adjusting your sleep schedule to the time zone you’ll be visiting. It can be helpful to make small changes in the days leading up to your departure, such as going to bed a bit earlier or later than usual. (Only do this if it will not reduce the amount of sleep you get, as starting out the journey tired is not going to help!)
Set Your Clock: Once you begin the journey set your clock to the destination timezone and try to sleep in line with that time. (N.B. Make sure you don't miss any flights though in your actual location!!)
Get Rested: On the flight or flights make sure to get as much rest as you can. Sometimes it can be challenging because it can be cramped and noisy, but even just turning off screens and putting on an eye mask, to block out other stimuli, can help you rest or even sleep.
Stay Hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated during your travels, especially if you’ll be crossing multiple time zones. Drink plenty of water on the flight and when you arrive to help your body adjust.
Sunlight: Get out in the sun during the daytime once you arrive. It will help your body clock get aligned with the new time zone.
Exercise: Exercise can help you stay energized and alert during your trip. Try to get some exercise in the morning or afternoons to help you adjust to the new time zone.
Stick to a Routine: When you arrive at your destination, try to stick to a routine. Wake up and go to bed at the same times each day to help your body adjust to the new time zone.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol: Both caffeine and alcohol can disrupt your sleep and throw off your body’s natural rhythms. Try to limit your intake of both while flying and ensure you only have them only at appropriate times upon arrival.
By following these tips, you can make the most of your travels and avoid the uncomfortable feeling of jet lag. Bon voyage!