Posted by michael
on Jun 10, 2014 in General
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After a recent trip to the US for work I struggled with jet lag for the first time. I’m normally ok when it comes to acclimatising to a different time zone and I don’t quite know what happened this time, maybe I’m getting old or didn’t prepare properly, but I do know that I don’t want to go through that again.
For those of you that are travelling long haul and don’t want to suffer like I did, here are some handy tips to help with jet lag:
Sleep more – try to get as much rest as possible before your journey as it will help your body to acclimatise to the new time zone quicker.
Change your routine – in the days before you travel try changing your routine to better suit the time zone you are travelling to, and during the flight eat and sleep according to the local time at your destination.
Keep yourself hydrated – keeping yourself hydrated can stave off the effects of jet lag especially during a long flight.
Sleep on the plane – most long haul flight provide a variety of sleeping aids for travellers including ear plugs and eye masks, use these to get as much sleep as you can during your journey.
At your destination
Sleep – try to get as much sleep as you would at home, this will help you adapt to the new time zone. Try to sleep for a minimum of four hour during the night and top it off by taking naps during the day if needed.
Get out in the daylight – the light and dark cycle of your destination are important for acclimatising to your new time zone. Try to get out and about during the day and sleep during the night, this is the most effective way to help with jet lag.
For short trips
For short trips which are less than four days, it may be more beneficial to stay on your local time as opposed to changing to your destination time. This will minimise disruption to your internal body clock.
I hope these tips help, I’ll definitely be trying some of these on my next trip to the US.
Picture: Kuster & Wildhaber Photography