While hopping around countries, whether for business purposes or leisure travel, is the dream of many people, very few of them realize that it is not ‘all fun and no pain’. Jet lag is one of the worst problems that troubles airline travelers when they cross several time zones during a flight. Characterized by symptoms like fatigue, sleep disturbance (such as insomnia, daytime drowsiness or waking up too early), irritability, trouble in concentrating, headaches, stomach upset, diarrhea, and constipation, jet lag needs to be treated at the earliest. Otherwise, you run the risk of spoiling your whole trip. In order to help you out, we have listed tips on how to recover from jet lag, in the lines below.
Best Ways To Get Rid Of Jet Lag
Stock Up On Fluids
Flying results in dehydration in almost all the travelers. As they breathe in the pure oxygen inside the plane, their body gets drained. So, when you are in a flight, make sure to have lots of fluids, like water, juices, etc. Try to stay away from alcohol, as far as possible. In fact, you should try to make sure that you are well hydrated days before the scheduled flight. Keep in mind the fact that if you are dehydrated, it will take you even longer to adjust to the new time zone.
During The Flight
Sleeping or remaining awake during the flight can help you a great deal in keeping jet lag at bay. If your flight will be arriving at the destination in the morning or early afternoon, sleep on the plane. This will make sure that you are up and alert when you land. In case your flight is scheduled for a late evening or night arrival, then try to keep yourself awake throughout the flight. This will make sure that you are sleepy on arrival, as the new time zone demands.
After You Reach The Destination
In case you land at your destination in the morning, try not to go off to sleep the moment you step into your hotel room. Rather, stay awake all day, by taking small amounts of coffee, tea or caffeinated soda (avoid excess), doing exercise, etc. For whose you arrive at late evening or night, they should try to go off to sleep after settling down in the hotel. In this case, an over-the-counter sleeping aid, recommended by a doctor, may come handy.
- In the morning, go outside and expose your body to fresh air and bright sunlight. You can try exercising a bit as well. This will help the body get in tune with the new time zone and help it adjust the internal time clock.
- Jet lag affects your appetite and hunger pangs as well. You might start feeling hungry at the middle of the night or not feel like eating anything at mealtime. In this context, taking small meals throughout the day will help.
- Do not push yourself too hard and give your body sometime to adjust to the new time zone. For instance, if you are feeling too sleepy in the middle of the day, try to take a small nap, rather than dozing off to sleep.