The worst thing that can happen to you at the very beginning of a new travelling adventure or at the end of one is jet lag.
The truth is that there is no quick and simple recipe for stopping jet lag. However, there are rules that you can follow in order to avoid or at least decrease its effect, or how to cure jet lag completely.
Before you take off
1. People often stay awake the night before the trip in order to tire themselves out and sleep once they reach their final destination, which is not the best idea. The reality is that you will handle what’s ahead much better if you are fully rested.
2. The best thing to do is to plan you trip so that you land during daytime and stay awake longer if necessary. That way you will get on with the new schedule much easier.
3. In case you are travelling really far and you have time to spare, you could plan your trip with a stopover. That would help your body slowly adapt to the new time zones instead of being put in a complete state of shock.
1. Even though a glass of wine always seems like a good idea, drinking alcohol on the plane will actually make you more tired and probably dehydrated, which will make jet lag worse.
2. If you are landing during the night, avoid coffee, Coca-Cola and energy drinks (so, everything caffeine loaded) as it is going to disturb your sleep additionally. Drink a lot of water during the flight to keep hydrated.
3. Forget about the sleeping pills. They will not cure your jet lag and will only leave you feeling lost and confused once you’ve landed. A nap is always welcome, especially on the long haul flights – try having some chamomile tea instead of the pills.
4. Once you get comfortable in your seat, set your watch to the destination time in order to start the adaption process. You can do that before the flight, but beware of being late.
5. Walk around the plane and stretch a bit from time to time. Except from preventing “pins and needles”, you will increase your blood flow and feel better in general. This way you will also prevent deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy class syndrome.
When you land
1. Eat three meals a day in accordance with the new time zone.
2. Grab as much sunlight as you can. Daylight will make you feel better (unless you were awake all night long).
3. Mild exercise will increase your endorphin levels.
4. Make sure you sleep as much as you normally do within 24 hours. If you cannot do that during the night, have a short nap during the day.
You can also buy anti-jet lag sunglasses!
+ Don’t forget!
Take Vitamin D and B supplements
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Expose yourself to sunlight
Drink natural juices