Tips To Beat Jet Lag
Traveling through several time zones can leave even the most seasoned traveler tired and irritable. It can take your internal clock several days to catch up, but here are a few tips that might make your next trip a little easier.
If you are someone that can sleep anywhere, then taking an overnight flight will be fine. But if you know you will have difficulty sleeping on the plane, try scheduling your flight during the day. This will disrupt your sleeping habit less.
Before taking a long flight, be sure to get plenty of sleep in the days leading up to your departure. You will need your energy to deal with the stress of travel.
Be sure drink plenty of water. Some of the signs of jet lag include headaches, cold-like symptoms and swollen limbs and eyes, all of which will be minimized by drinking plenty of fluids.
Don't drift off too early
No matter the time of your arrival, try to stay up until a set bedtime. It may be tough, but it will force your body to make the adjustment to the new time zone.
Even before you get on the plane, give yourself a chance to exercise - take the stairs or walk around the concourse. While on the plane, be sure to get up and move about periodically, standing or stretching your legs occasionally. If you have a daily exercise routine be sure to keep it once you arrive at your destination. All this exercise will help you sleep.
Relax and stay busy
It will take some time for your body to adjust. If you are having some trouble finding sleep, then get up and do something. Try reading or going for a walk as it may offer you a chance to see your destination in a different light.