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6 SIMPLE Tips For Avoiding Jet Lag

Jet Lag TipsJet lag after a long flight is never fun, and usually just frustrating. It’s  is every traveler’s number one enemy. As I’ve had experience dealing with jet lag before, I knew how to avoid it- here are my favorite tips for you to also avoid jet lag while traveling across time zones!

7 Tips For Avoiding Jet Lag

#1. Adjust your internal clock.

At least four days before departure, gradually shift your sleeping and eating times with those at your destination. Once you step into the plane, set your watch to your new time zone.  Try to get your mind in the right time zone immediately. Once you arrive, adopt the local time for your daily routine, no napping! Wait until it’s time to go to bed.

#2. Try to book an overnight flight.

You’ll have dinner at a normal time and be much more likely to sleep than on an afternoon flight. Depending on the length of the flight and the number of time zones you cross, you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning or afternoon. This is the best way to replicate your normal schedule, and it’ll be easier for you to reset your clock.

3. Avoid caffeine.

This will be hard for some but just try it. For 12 hours before, as well as during, your flight, avoid caffeine. Although caffeine can help keep you awake longer, it makes you wake up more often once you do fall asleep and reduces your total sleep time.  It’s better to drink water and keep yourself hydrated.

4. Stay hydrated.

Drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air—even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you wear contact lenses, consider removing your lenses when you take a nap. In your carry-on pack a bottle of moisturizing lotion, lip balm, and a hydrating spray with essential oils to spritz your face with occasionally. Just be sure all toiletries are TSA compliant.

5. Keep moving

Force yourself to get up and move around the cabin on a regular basis. By walking around and keeping your muscles moving, you help to improve your blood circulation and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Flex your legs and rotate your ankles while you’re seated. Do knee bends while waiting in line for the lavatory. Spend layovers walking through the airport.

6. Try a sleeping aid

Taking a sleeping aid will just ensure that you get a good first night’s sleep. Consider taking the nonprescription drug melatonin. Research suggests that the body uses this hormone to set its time clock. Melatonin can be taken to reduce jet lag when crossing two or more time zones. Between 0.5mg to 5 mg of melatonin, taken daily at bedtime, helpes you to get to sleep faster and better as well as reduce sleepiness during daytime

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1 Comment

  1. Christina says

    These are good tips! I definitely agree, no napping and go to bed when it’s actually time to go to bed. It helps so much.


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