5 Ways to Beat Jet Lag
Jet lag is the experience you have when you fly quickly across time zones and the rhythm of your body falls out of sync. Symptoms of jetlag include fatigue, headache, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, mood swings, mild anorexia, and gastrointestinal disturbances such as constipation and diarrhea. But they don’t last. After a short while, your body will adjust. Here are 5 ways to beat jet lag.
- Manage sleep time
Be aware of your new schedule and try before you travel to sleep according to that schedule. Though not easy, you may achieve something close to that over a few days before you travel. Whether or not you achieve that, try to sleep if your flight is in the air during your destination’s nighttime. To make it easy to sleep, travel with and use noise-canceling headphones, eye masks, earplugs, and a comfortable travel pillow and blanket. If you arrive at your destination during the daytime, resist the urge to nap so that you don’t find it difficult to sleep later in the night.
- Quickly get into your new time zone
As soon as you arrive at your destination, try all you can to adapt your inner and outer outfits to the new time zone. This will allow your body to quickly forget your old time zone. If your technology doesn’t automatically update your clocks and smartphone, do that manually using the travel clock as soon as you depart. Your next meal should be according to your new time zone even if that requires that you starve yourself for a few hours or eat an extra meal for that day only.
- Try light
One of the ways jet lag affects travelers across time zones is through exposure to light when the internal clock signals the sleep time. Sunshine can wake your body in the new time zone and alter the release of melatonin, the hormones that make the body sleepy. Thus, try to expose yourself to morning light so that your body will be awake and function and quickly get used to it when you travel eastward.
- Use a caffeinated beverage
This is not intended to cure jet lag, but it will help you prevent it. It has been established that the intake of caffeine helps the body to stay alert and focused for several hours after taking it. If you know the volume of caffeine your body can tolerate, consider drinking a beverage that contains not less than that so that it can keep you awake during your first day at your destination. You can get moderate amounts in different kinds of soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and even chocolate. However, please bear in mind the health implication of other substances, such as sugar, in these drinks.
- Drink enough water
Dehydration often results from long-distance travel and travelers tend to reduce water consumption during the journey due to the fear of bathroom breaks. But then, you are properly hydrated when you drink enough water. A hydrated body can better handle the symptoms of jet lag and fatigue. Therefore, drink plenty of water during and after your travel.
If you try all these, you’re most likely to beat jet lag more easily and quickly.