Jet lag can differ from person to person, and just traveling through even the smallest time difference can affect your body in many ways. Yet there are a few tricks you can do to try to avoid jet lag or at least lessen its severity. So get the most out of your trip and don’t waste days dealing with antagonizing jet lag!
Flight times are the main cause of the severity of jet lag. To avoid jet lag try to select a flight that will arrive in the late afternoon or early evening. This makes it easier to force yourself to stay awake for at least 4-6 hours before heading to bed. This will put your body much closer to acclimating to local time. Avoid flights that land at the crack of dawn, these make for a vicious cycle of the wrong sleep patterns, and you may ruin your whole trip because your sleep pattern does not match up with the local time.
Adjust Your Watch Right Away
Once you board your flight change your watch to the time it is at your destination. Use that time as a guide for what to do on the plane for example: when to eat and sleep. The more you push yourself in the beginning to get on local time the easier it will be for you and your body.
Use caffeine strategically! A good rule of thumb is to skip any caffeine before and during your flight but hit it hard when you arrive. If you have 5-7 before bedtime once you arrive caffeine may be the only thing getting you through your first day, because if you sleep it away, you are only messing up your next day.
This goes for before your trip, during and after. Most importantly, stay hydrated! Water can do incredible things for your body and can help speed along the jet lag recovery process. Also, eating healthy and avoiding foods like pasta and snack foods will also help. These foods can often lead to making you feel lethargic and to conquer jet lag your body needs to be ready to go, so load up on the fruits and veggies.
Melatonin is a natural supplement that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Melatonin works for many people and just gives them that extra relaxed feeling they need to be able to sleep even when they’re body is out of whack due to time changes.
Once you arrive, drop your things off and avoid the bed! Get moving, go out for a walk and see the city. This will help keep your mind off the fact that you are exhausted due to the time change, and it will also make your body tired so that you can sleep later on that night and try to get on track with the local time.