Top tips to handle jet lag?

Jet lag

Knowing how to handle jet lag can help you maintain your sleep schedule and wellness during your travels so you can make the most of your trip.

What is Jet lag?

Jet lag occurs when you travel across time zones and your body clock falls out of sync. It usually lasts for only a short time.

Symptoms frequently include sleep problems, daytime drowsiness, impaired mental or physical performance, general malaise, and stomach issues.

Jet lag normally lasts a few days but can affect you for weeks depending on how far you are travelling. It tends to be worse when going East and when a greater number of time zones are crossed.

Top tips for handling jet lag

  • Adjust your sleep schedule: Start gradually adjusting your sleep schedule a few days before your trip to help your body adjust to the new time zone
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your flight
  • Get moving: Exercise and stay active to help regulate your body clock
  • Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake: Both can dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep patterns
  • Take advantage of natural light: When you arrive at your destination, spend as much time as possible outside during daylight hours to help reset your body clock
  • Use earplugs, an eye mask, and a comfortable neck pillow to have a good nap during the flight
  • Try Melatonin: Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep. Some people find that taking a melatonin supplement can help them fall asleep more easily when traveling across time zones
  • Avoid heavy meals: Eating heavy meals close to bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your trip: sleep well in the days leading up to your trip and avoid staying up too late before your flight
  • Be patient: Remember that it can take a few days for your body to adjust fully to the new time zone, so be patient and give yourself time to recover.

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