Traveling is a joyous activity but flying through a different time zone for a vacation or a business trip can throw a body’s rhythm out of whack. This may leave you feeling tired, restless, and/or unproductive. The good news is that the inevitable jet lag can be fought with these seven helpful tips.
Stick to Usual Routine
If your trip is short, simply stick to your usual routine — eating, sleeping, and etc. based on the time you’re used to. You may feel odd by doing so especially if the time zone of the place you’ve traveled to is completely the opposite. However, when you return home, your body won’t notice the time zone transition. You can go on your daily life without trouble.
Adjust to New Time Zone
If you’ll be at a different time zone for an extended amount of time, it is best to adjust yourself in the new time zone. Do this by setting your watch to the local time as soon as you arrive. Plus refrain from checking the time of your home.
Do your activities based on the new time zone. Eat when you are supposed to. If there is still daylight, fight the urge to sleep. On the other hand, when it’s dark, crawl under the covers and get some sleep. Your body clock will eventually adjust in the next few days.
Being dehydrated worsens jet lag. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water en route and, more importantly, throughout the flight.
To begin with, planes have low humidity. So you have to be mindful in drinking water even if you have a lot to attend to.
An additional preventive measure on being dehydrated is avoiding alcohol if possible. And if you can’t resist the temptation when you’re offered alcohol, drink lots of water afterward.
Exercising when you arrive at your destination is one of the best ways to re-synchronize your body and to adapt to a different lighting condition.
As you will most likely be exhausted, a walk, stretching, and/or jumping jacks will do. It does not immediately address jet lag but it reduces jet lag symptoms. This helps you go back to your old self faster.
Sleep is Essential
When traveling to a different time zone, a long, restful sleep is necessary. This helps to reset the body’s clock according to the new time zone.
You may end up using your electronic devices because you’re having trouble sleeping. Stop using it as it disrupts sleep quality. Best you can do is wear comfortable clothes, lie in bed, and close your eyes until you fall asleep.
Before dealing jet lag with a prescription, consider going for natural alternatives. Pack essential oil blends which naturally ease jet lag and refresh travelers.
For instance, lavender oil is good for relaxation and promotes calmness. It is one of the most popular options for those who couldn’t sleep. As mentioned earlier, deep rest is crucial to resetting the body clock.
If the above tips do not work on you, seek a medical professional. He can prescribe the right dosage of medication for you. Such is ideal as well for those who frequently need to adjust time zones.
Sleeping pills improve your ability to sleep which helps mitigate the effect of jet lag. While most pills help travelers sleep better, there are also pills that do the opposite. You can stay alert and awake when it is daytime.With all these tips, you can beat the dreaded jet lag every time you travel.