When you’re headed out on a vacation or business trip the last thing you need is to feel tired or run down. But with these seven tips to beat jet lag, you’re sure to stay alert and ready for your entire trip.
- Normal Routine
When you’re not traveling for long, you can usually avoid jet lag by sticking to your normal routine. Keep your watch set to your home time and just do what you’d normally do at home eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.
Your body won’t even notice the time change when you do this, and it will readjust without any problems on the way back even you have to Sleeping on a Plane a lot.
2. Sleep like a baby
When you’re traveling out of your normal time zone, you’ll want to try to keep to normal bedtimes. And while you might have troubles at first, try to get the same number of hours of sleep per night. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time when you’re away.
Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the clue and you’ll get all the sleep that you need.
3. Fill yourself up
Many times Sleeping on a plane can be made worse by becoming dehydrated on your trip or while you’re headed there on the plane. To combat this you’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids as you travel; water and juices especially.
Alcohol can dehydrate the body so it should be avoided if you can. And if you’re expected to drink at a business function, just follow each glass with a chaser of water.
4. Find the rhythm
When you’re headed into areas where the time will change significantly, you want to set your watch when you get there and start following the local hours. You’ll want to eat when you are supposed to eat, sleep when it’s dark, etc.
By changing the routine that you’re used to directly into the new hours, you can help to offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms while sleeping on a plane.
One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise when you arrive at your destination. This can be as simple as a walk or a few calisthenics in your hotel room. Do a few jumping jacks to get your heart pumping or start touring the town.
When your body gets exercise, it drives extra energy and help you adapt to changing light conditions.
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When all else fails, you can try a sleeping pill to re-teach your body on how to sleep fast on a plane. Normally this isn’t always recommended, but when you’re on an extended trip or you have to switch time zones frequently, a sleeping pill can help to give you some rest in order to be alert during the day.
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7. Natural cues
And if the sleeping pill doesn’t appeal to you, you can try aromatherapy.
Find a good travel kits that includes oils that you can smell for energy as well as soothing oils for relaxation, like lavender. Lavender essential oil usually works best 15 minute before sleep. You can drop a little in your bathtub or on your pillow. See my favourite brand here.
How do you survive a 15 hour flight?
In summary, here is Top 10 tips on how to survive long hour flights.
- Stick to your normal routine; eating, sleeping, stretching
- Sleep 6-8 hour like you normally do.
- Drink plenty of water as you travel, skip alcohol or soda as it dehydrates your body
- Adjust your watch ASAP, change your habit into new hour to skip jet lag
- Stretch and walk around every hour
- Sleeping Aids like pillow spray or earplugs or pills if needed
- Bring Lavender oil to help calm you down
- Wear Comfy Clothing
- Pack extra 1 set of day/night clothing in the carry on just in case of delayed luggage
- Moisturise your skin every 2 hours
With all of these tips, jet lag will no longer follow you on your next trip.