Frequent fliers and international travelers alike know the symptoms of jet lag, and other unfortunate flying complications, all too well. Fatigue, interrupted sleep, difficulty focusing and even stomach issues can all be a part of life after that long trip. Jet lag can occur after quickly traveling across two or more time zones. The more time zones that you cross, the more intense these symptoms are likely to be. Luckily we've got some tips to help you overcome jet lag.
Simulate your schedule before you leave
While not always easy to do, this can be one of the best tricks to ease the symptoms of jet lag. Advancing or delaying your body clock before your big trip can help to make the adjustment to your new time zone quicker and easier. Adjusting your eating and sleeping schedules before hand can go a long way.
Drink plenty of water
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your flight. Try writing it down in your travel notebook as a reminder.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
The effects of alcohol and caffeine at altitude will cause dehydration and increase your tiredness. They will also add to your sluggish feeling once you're off your flight and jet lag sets in.
Arrive early in the Day
If at all possible, try to land in your travel destination early in the day allowing you to control your own light exposure in order to best adjust to your new time zone.
Move around on the plane
Make sure to get up and walk around periodically, do some static exercises and stretch. This will help to keep your blood flow at normal levels throughout your flight.
Exercise when you arrive
A workout soon after you arrive may actually help reset your internal clock and ease the symptoms of jet lag.
Sunlight can be especially helpful for resetting your body's external clock when you have jet lag.
A hot bath or sauna helps to ease sore muscles, increases blood circulation and can help you relax. To go the extra mile, try a hot/cold contrast by taking a cold shower or going for a cold swim after your session in the heat.
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