While there is no straightforward and easy way to beat jet lag, there are several ways that you can take to ease the pain of crossing multiple time zones quickly.
Travel wasn’t that difficult on our internal clocks, but each technological advancement in the world of transportation has also brought changes to our time management. When long-distance railroads were introduced matching timetables with local times became a challenge. Son in 1883, we created a standardised time zones.
The start of the jet age in 1958 gave birth to a new problem. We suddenly could travel several zones faster than our bodies could adjust. Eight years later the term “jet lag” was created. The term caught on, and of course, we know jet lag is particularly bad when flying east. Jet lag can be pretty annoying but here are few things, however, that do help. Below are some of my best tips that work efficiently.
Pressurised and dry aeroplane cabins can quickly dehydrate you, making you feel extremely sleepy. Drinking water throughout the trip helps in easing the process. It doesn’t stop jet lag, but it helps make sure dehydration doesn’t compound your fatigue.
Shift Your Time For Long Trips
A few days before I leave, I started to change my sleep schedule one hour each day. Try also to move your mealtimes. That might mean a super-early trip to the gym in the morning and go to bed before my favourite TV shows are over. But this works when I arrive and also it makes easier to sleep on those long-haul flights.
If you can sleep on the plane even for a few hours, it makes a big difference. An eye mask and earplugs will help. When taking a red-eye to a far destination, having breakfast right after waking up on the plane or once you get to the airport, even if you are not hungry, it will help adjust your body to the idea that it’s morning, even if your friends and family back home are sound sleep.
Again, the issue is about dehydration on long overseas flights. I can’t blame you if you have a glass of red wine for sleeping peacefully but don’t have it too much, or you will have an appalling headache, and you won’t be able to adjust to the new time zone.
It helps your body feel more normal and is not confined to the plane seats only. This doesn’t exactly combat jet lag, but it does reduce some of the scars of travel.