Ways To Fight Jet Lag

Author: Marguerite Willett

Ways to fight jet lag

Summer is a common time for traveling to foreign countries. The chance to explore other cultures, visit historic landmarks and eat regional foods are all exciting prospects, but if you're too tired to enjoy them, what's the point? Jet lag affects millions of travelers a year, and can sap the energy and excitement needed for having a great vacation. If you let it, jet lag can ruin a trip. However, with a few simple tactics, you can easily leave jet lag at the baggage claim.

In preparation
Before you go, it's a good idea to adapt to your destination's schedule as best you can. Go to sleep a little bit earlier each of the days leading up to your departure date. Also, the day before you go, try to naturally tucker yourself out. Exercise and stay busy so that your body is ready to sleep whenever your mind is. Staying hydrated and avoiding alcohol can also help you stick to a schedule.

On the plane
Whether you should sleep on the plane depends on what time you're scheduled to arrive. If it's a red-eye, getting as much sleep as you can is probably a good idea. However, if you are to arrive at your destination in the late evening, staying awake throughout the plane may help you fall asleep at the proper time when you get where you're going. Getting sucked into an engrossing book or loading a movie you've been dying to see on to your laptop or tablet will help keep the yawns at bay.

When you arrive
Getting on the local schedule as soon as possible will help you in the long run. Switch your watch, push yourself to stay awake and leave your hotel room to adapt quickly.

Following these steps will help ensure that you get the most out of your visit instead of wasting those precious vacation days.

In Brief

  • et lag affects millions of travelers a year, and can sap the energy and excitement needed for having a great vacation. If you let it, jet lag can ruin a trip. However, with a few simple tactics, you can easily leave jet lag at the baggage claim.
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