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6 Tips for Minimizing Jet Lag

How many hours is your flight? How many time zones are you going through on your way to your destination? Off the bat, these are the things you will need to know to minimize your Jet Lag. This Time Zone Map has some really awesome features and you should always check the time changes before you go, especially if your itinerary is tight. Plus, you can use jet lag calculators to figure out when exactly you should start changing your sleep schedule. Now, here are some easy tips to avoid / fix jet lag.

1. Change your sleep schedule a few nights before you leave for your trip. If you are flying west, go to bed about 2 hours later than you normal would and get up a little earlier too. If you are flying east, go to bed about 2 hours earlier than you normally would and hopefully your body will let you sleep in a bit. Obviously, this is not always possible if you work late/early or have activities planned, but this is one of the best things you can do for jet lag.

2. Make sure to get plenty of rest overall for a solid week before the trip. Avoid watching tv or using your computer or phone right before bed if you can so you won't be as restless while you sleep. Make sure to stay hydrated as well! The CDC suggests drinking 8 oz of water for every hour you are flying.

3. Change your eating habits to align with the time zone of your destination. Breakfast foods in particularly will really trick your brain. Eat only foods that are calming to the stomach, avoid spicy. Your bowel movements will already be affected by the time change, no need to worsen it. Plus, stress from travel can cause gastrointestinal upset and you wouldn't want to worsen that either.

4. Once you are securely boarded on your plane, switch your watch to the current time of your destination. This will allow your body and mind time to adjust to the loss / addition of time. Some suggest doing this several hours before the flight, but I disagree so as to avoid any confusion that may make you late for your flight.

5. Spend the first day you arrive outside. Your body will use the natural light to quickly adapt to the different time zone. This one is easy if you are like me, don't you want to spend your trip outdoors anyway? Similarly, hanging out with locals will force you to go to bed at the right time, eat meals at the right time, and hopefully tire you out so you'll have a good night's rest.

6. Sleep on the plane! Overnight flights are amazing if you can sleep while you're flying. It makes the flight go by faster and will allow you adjust more easily because you got your first night out of the way already! If you have trouble sleeping on planes this one might not be as easy for you. However, you can check out my post How to Sleep on the Plane for some easy tips.

Thanks for listening!

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