Jet lag is a frequent travellers’ worst enemy. While there’s no easy way to completely avoid it, I would like to share with you some of my favourite tips that could be useful the next time you’re crossing multiple time-zone.
Shift your time for long trips.
I start shifting my Sleep schedule a few days prior to the trip – one hour each day, usually. Moving meal times work too. That means, going to the gym very early in the morning or going to bed before your favourite show is over. Y’know what I mean, right? But it pays off (to me, at least) and make it easier for me to sleep on those red-eye flights.
I try to get on to the destination’s time as soon as I board the plane so it’ll be easier to adjust once I land.
Dry and pressurised cabin can easily dehydrate you and in return, make you feel extremely exhausted. The best way to avoid this is by drinking lots of water. It doesn’t stop jet lag – that’s for sure – but it sure helps making sure dehydration isn’t what making you feel fatigue.
I can’t blame you for choosing to have a glass of wine (or perhaps, champagne) to help fall asleep. Been there, done that – guilty as charged, myself. Especially since they’re FOC on board. But try not to have too much of alcohol – you don’t want to arrive with your head pounding right?
Try to get some sleep.
If you can sleep on the plane, do it. Even only for a few hours. It does make a huge difference. When taking the red-eye to Europe for example (always the case when flying from Asia), don’t skip the breakfast your airline serves – even if you’re not hungry. It will help your body adjust that it is now morning even when your family back home is already done with lunch or whatever.
Avoid naps when you’re at destination.
Try to Stay Awake until your bedtime in the new time-zone. Yes, it is hard but necessary to make the rest of your trip a fruitful one. Go for a walk – fresh air helps make it easier to stay awake rather than being stuck in your hotel room.
I have never tried melatonin or any other pills – so I’m not quite sure how it works. Does these pills help in taming jet lags?
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