How to Beat Jet Lag

Goodbye Jet Lag – How to Beat the Long-Distance Irritant

 

Travelling to far-flung destinations is a wonderful thing, and the sights we see generally stay with us forever. The best destinations in the world are often further away, and takes us completely out of our day to day lives, and into another world entirely.

 

Put simply, long distance travel really is good for the soul.

 

The only downside to this is that to travel long distance, you’ll be crossing time zones, and what does that cause?

 

Yes, jet lag.

 

That horrible groggy, falling asleep stood up feeling, but then you can’t sleep when you need to … it can spoil the start of a holiday if certain measures aren’t take to minimise the effects, but luckily these measures are quite simple.

 

Stockpile sleep

Make sure you’re as well rested as possible before you travel, to start with a clean slate. It’s no good trying to paper over cracks.

 

Get adjusted

Try and adjust yourself a little to the time zone you will be travelling to before you fly. E.g. if you’re travelling east, get up and go to bed earlier; if you’re travelling west, get up and go to bed later.

 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Whilst you’re travelling it’s important, not only for your health, but also for starving off the major effects of jetlag, to stay hydrated. By this, I don’t mean alcoholic beverages, because the dehydrating effects will work in total opposite, and the altitude will mean you get drunk rather quickly. Stick to water and juice, and try and avoid caffeine containing drinks too.

 

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This is more for your general health but it does also aid in keeping you active and your body clock regulated. Just walk around the cabin a little, even if it’s to the toilet and back.

 

Pretend you live there

Whilst you might wish you did live there after a few days, it’s important to try and get into a normal routine and regulate your body clock as quickly as possible. Go to bed at the time you would normally if you lived there, e.g. if you normally go to bed at 11pm, wait until 11pm in your destination before you hit the sack. This could be brutal, but the sooner you get regulated, the sooner your jet lag will leave you. The same goes for eating habits too, so have your evening meal at the time you would normally if you lived there.

 

Jet lag will pass naturally in a few days, but these tips might just speed it up a little, and also starve off the severity whilst your body is figuring out where it is.

 

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