If you?ve never experienced it, we guarantee it?s all true: on the days after flying across the world, you may find yourself dazed and confused, unusually starved or nauseous and with diminished productivity ? this can be a problem if you?re traveling on business or even if you?re on short holidays.
Fortunately, there are several strategies that you can adopt to minimize the impact of Jet Lag. This article compiles 9 of the best tips used by world-savvy travelers to go to around the world without throwing their inner rhythms off-balance.
Practice life on another time zone
Before traveling across several time zones, it?s a good idea to practice in advance for the time zone ahead. In the days before leaving, try to adjust your sleep cycles, meals and even your daily routine. This will help make the transition a lot smoother and minimize the effects of Jet Lag.
Adjust your clock when you board plane
As soon as you board the plane, you should set your clock to match the time zone you?ll be traveling to. This way, you?ll find it easier to adjust your inner clock as well, thereby reducing the confusion caused by the discrepancies of time in the places you travel between.
Book an overnight flight
It?s usually wiser to book an overnight flight, since you?ll find it easier to get some sleep in-flight. This way, you?ll feel refreshed upon arrival, and it will be easier to adapt to the destination?s time zone. Also, you?ll usually arrive in the morning or afternoon, and that will make it easier to cope with the transition.
Upgrade to a bigger seat
Getting a bigger seat (or even a flatbed seat) on the plane may be worth the extra cost; the increased comfort will help you get some rest in the plane ? which can make a world of difference if you?re arriving early in the morning.
Avoid stimulants before leaving
In the 12-24 hours before your flight, it?s wise to reduce your intake of coffee, alcohol and other stimulants. This will help you avoid insomnias upon arrival, as well as making it a lot likelier for you to get some rest during any available moments you find, both during your flight and after arriving.
Try using pills to manage sleep
Some people find it helpful to get some short-acting sleep pills to ensure they really get some sleep on the plane. However, you should not wait for the day of the flight to try those pills; it’s wiser to get familiar beforehand with how your body reacts to them.
Try specific pills against jet lag
There are some jet-lag pills available on pharmacies which are mostly composed of melatonin, a hormone used naturally by the body to regulate sleep cycles. Melatonin pills can be more effective than common sleep pills, although it?s a good idea to check with your doctor to be safe.
Stay well hydrated
Even if you?re not thirsty, you should drink plenty of water while adapting to a different time zone. Keeping your body properly hydrated will help minimize the effects of Jet Lag, as well as making you feel all around better and more energized.
Get out in the sun
When you arrive at your destination, the worst thing you can do is to just dwell in your hotel room and be still. Ideally, you should get out in the sun and get a bit of exercise, since that will help your body and mind synch with the time zone you?re now at.
Try following these simple tips, and you?ll realize that Jet Lag won?t be as much of a problem. You don?t really need to put much time and effort into it; just be mindful of this advice and gradually (rather than abruptly) brace yourself for the transition.
About the Guest Author:? These tactics are used regularly by the folks over at? UK Holiday Places, and that?s how we get things done while traveling across the world!