Jet lag is defined as an extreme feeling of tiredness, which can have a tremendous effect on the body for those travelers who fly across different time zones. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer from this condition, whether they travel extensively or not. It’s undeniable; we all get excited about vacation time; however, jet lag can often put a damper on travel plans. How can you beat the jet lag blues while travelling? Below are some tips:
Rest up, Buttercup: Try and get a good night’s sleep the week prior to travelling. The average adult should get at least seven to eight hours each night – so make sure you head to bed early (rather than late), to ensure you grab as many hours of rest before your vacation. If possible, try and alter your bedtime routine according to the new time zone you are travelling in. If the area you are visiting is a few hours behind your current time zone, try going to bed (if possible) an hour or two ahead of your regular bedtime. Changing your bedtime routine will ease your body’s transition into the new time change, and will help you avoid that awful feeling of jet lag.
Stop-Overs: For those travelers enduring longer than normal flights, stop overs are always recommended. A quick shower at a terminal that offers this type of service, accompanied by a nice stretch and walk, are perfect ways to keep your body feeling refreshed, and energized.
Sleep While Flying: As jet lag really does affect your energy level, it is advised that an individual get as much rest and sleep as possible. Sometimes that means catching some ‘zzz’ on the plane. To help you fall asleep en route, bring some comforts of home on the flight, like a pillow, a blanket, and any other items that are part of your habitual sleep routine (i.e. a book, music, etc.).
Water: Staying hydrated will help you fight off jet lag; as dehydration can enhance this condition. Avoid caffeine and alcohol while travelling, and focus on drinking water to keep you hydrated and feeling great.
Stay On A Sleep Schedule: While most are tempted to ‘let loose’ once they have arrived to their vacation destination, it is best to try and remain on a consistent sleep schedule once you have landed. It only really has to be a couple of days, but getting enough sleep will help ease any effects of jet lag you may have once you are ‘officially’ on vacation.
Trying the above tips next time you travel will not only help you recover from jet lag while on holidays, but will also help you shake that feeling off, once you come home!