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Beat Jet Lag And Stay Energized On Your Trip

Author: Susie Epperson

Beat jet lag and stay energized on your trip

Traveling can be a lot of fun, but it can also be exhausting. This is especially the case if you are traveling for work. You can't afford to be tired or unengaged due to jet lag, as client relations and business deals are on the line. Likewise, if you have paid for a lavish vacation who wants to spend the entire trip sleeping?

For these reasons, it is important to know how to overcome jet lag and make the most of your travels no matter what. Just because you are flying across time zones does not mean you have to be off kilter for the duration of the excursion.

If you are only going to be away for a short period of time, first consider the possibility of staying on "home time". If you are able to do all of your activities at a time that is also appropriate for when you would be doing them at home, do not let your body get adjusted to the new time at all.

According to Frommer's, it usually takes three to four hours to overcome jet leg. The travel advice website suggests helping your brain to reset by drinking lots of water, keeping naps to a 30 minute minimum and adopting the new time zone a day before your trip if possible.

It may also help you to get right into the swing of things when you land. If you are there for a business trip, go straight to the office and do not give your mind and body time to get sleepy or confused.

"One of the advantages of my line of work was that whenever I reached a distant destination...What I quickly learned is that adrenaline is the best drug for jet lag," veteran NBC news reporter, Tom Brokaw explained to Men's Journal.

In Brief

  • Traveling can be a lot of fun, but it can also be exhausting.

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