If you do a lot of travel (particularly on long flights entering different time zones), you’re likely familiar with the effects of jet lag. Luckily, there are a few simple things that you can do to help prevent or minimize it:
- Schedule your flights to arrive at your final destination in the mid-evening. That way you can make it to your accommodations, eat dinner, and make it to bed at a decent hour (local time).
- Reduce your stress level by arriving at the airport in plenty of time
- Pass on any in-flight alcoholic beverages or caffeinated drinks as these will dehydrate your body even more in an already very dry cabin. Water or at least 100% fruit juices can be a much better option.
- Get involved with your environment right away and begin socializing as soon as possible. This will help keep your body assuming that it’s daytime.
- If you do regular exercises, such as jogging, continue them during your stay. This can make you more alert and get you outside in the sunshine and fresh air.
- Bring a neck pillow to promote comfortable sleep during lengthy flights. Comfortable clothes, an eyemask, and noise canceling headphones may also help with this, too.
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