Fight Your Jet Lag

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Jet lag is every traveler’s enemy! They just want to beat it at any cost, they all fight really fiercely; some cope with it others either count sheep the entire night or snore for multiple days!

  • Stimulate your new schedule a few days preceding your departure. Go to bed half an hour earlier prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward visit.
  • Schedule your flight to an evening arrival; try to stay up till 9 p.m. local time.
  • Adjust your watch according to the destination time zone before landing. It is psychological and helps your mind to adjust according to the new place.
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine during the flight as they stimulate alertness. Stay hydrated as much as you can.
  • Stretch your muscles during the flight. Get up, move around, and take a walk in the plane.
  • Avoid heavy meals just after landing.
  • Light exercise early in the morning is helpful. But heavy exercises near bedtime worsen the situation.
  • Consider Natural Light Therapy.
  • Take a hot water bath before going to sleep. It relaxes your muscles and eases out all the tension from a hectic long flight.
  • Bring emotional objects from home; family photograph, favorite pillow, or blanket to ease your mind especially for teens and less frequent travelers.
  • Try sleep medication
  • Consider Melatonin.
  • Since jet lag is mostly psychological, do not think or fuss about it much. The more you’ll think about it, the deeper you’ll be trapped in this condition.

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