Get your holiday started on-time by managing your jet lag. The last thing anyone wants is to be falling asleep while our friends are having the time of their lives on a Greek island! We’ve accumulated some simple remedies to help you get over jet lag quickly.
Start Adjusting Your Schedule Before You Arrive
If you’re traveling across one or more time zones to your destination, start prepping for your new time zone before you arrive. Adjust your sleep and meal times around your destinations time zone as much as possible about 3-4 days before your departure. This goes for when you’re in route as well – if you’re flying during your destination’s night time, try to sleep on the plane. Doing this will help your body be less thrown off its circadian rhythm when you travel.
Drink a lot of water before, during, and after your flight. We can’t stress enough how important this is. While the thought of having to use the toilet on an airplane may make you cringe and therefore stop you from drinking water, think twice. Staying hydrated during your flight will not only help you get over jet lag quicker, it also helps prevent leg swelling and blood clots.
Get on the Time Zone Day 1
If you arrive to your destination in the morning, stay awake until at least 8:00 p.m. in the new time zone. The earlier in your trip that you can adjust to the time zone, the quicker you’ll get over jet lag. Don’t take more than a 30 minute nap during the day and expose yourself to plenty of sunlight. Bright light influences your circadian rhythm. And avoid caffeine or alcohol at least 4 hours before you go to bed, as both act as stimulants.