Travelling is an exciting time, you explore new places, try new foods, experience different cultures and make lifetime memories. But how can you make getting to your destination a little more comfortable? Flying has its ups and downs, so we have made a list of things you can do to avoid the dreaded jet lag.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not as easy as it sounds when you are excited for your holiday or worrying about packing everything, especially when you are packing for more than one. All these factors can make it tough to get a good night’s sleep, and the best thing you could you do is attempt to switch off and forget about everything for a couple of hours. Trust us; your body will thank you later. Try reading a book or watching a movie until you dose off.
It might not be the most refreshing beverage you can think of on a long flight, but it has its benefits. The tip comes from ancient Indian philosophy, the same one that created yoga and meditation and can help with the headaches associated with jet lag. Plus keeping hydrated in general will help deter the symptoms related to jet lag.
Your body runs better on good food, so eating small healthy meals frequently will help your body battle jet lag. Avoid ordering foods with a lot of fat, sugar or anything fried on the plane. Stock up on fruit and veggies before your flight.
It might be a struggle if you have a window seat, but a stroll up and down the plane during a long flight will make you feel better. During long haul flights, your muscles will start to feel cramped so a walk will do you wonders.
Rest is so important when it comes to tackling jet lag & caffeine won’t help with relaxing, it will mess with your body clock and keep you up most the flight. Excessive alcohol will have a similar effect, and when you combine it with jet lag haze it can get pretty nasty!
Take short naps during your trip, especially when you are traveling during the night. Napping will not only make it feel as if the flight is shorter, but it will also make you feel more refreshed when you land. Win!
It might sound a little strange, but when you arrive at your new destination try to get some sun, this will help you wake up from a state of drowsiness. I will also be good for you to soak up some vitamin D after hours of being confined to an airplane.
No matter how tired you are, you need to try and stay awake in your new time zone during the daylight hours. Once the sun goes down, you can call it a day but try not to wake up too early so you can recover properly. Let your body adjust to your new time zone.
Now that you have jet lag covered, there is only one thing left to do… enjoy your trip!