First-time travellers try to utilize most of their time visiting famous areas when they are in a different country. However, they sometimes do not get to fulfill their wish list due to this thing called jet lag. Frequent fliers know that jet lag can be annoying but are somehow used to the time changes between countries.
It takes a while for your body’s biological clock to reset itself and adapt to a specific time zone. You are most likely to experience a disruption of your sleeping pattern causing sleepiness on the day and insomnia at night.
But have you noticed that flight attendants and pilots do not seem to have this problem? How do they do it? Well, we have a couple of tips for you to counter your jet lag when travelling.
1. Plan your flights
First things first, you need to plan your flight ahead if you are going to avoid jet lag. Try to fly overnight so everything would seem to you. You would eat dinner at a normal time and you will probably sleep during the whole flight. It helps if you arrive at your destination in the morning, so you can automatically synchronise your body to the time there.
2. Sync your watch
As soon as you get on the plane, set your watch to the time of the country you are travelling to and start thinking in that time. This will get you psychologically aligned to your current time. Just remember to set it on the plane and not before unless you want to sound like a total doofus explaining how you missed your flight.
3. Go out more
Upon arrival, avoid taking naps to “recharge” yourself from a tiring long flight. Instead, go out there and get as much daylight as you can. This is for your body to adjust to your new surroundings. So, get out of your hotel soak in the sun by sightseeing or if you are near a beach, get your flip flops and stroll down the waters.
4. Keep hydrated
When travelling, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. So, have a bottle of mineral water ready at all times and drink every hour. It is also important to cut down on alcohol and caffeine consumption as these substances will affect your body which is just starting to adapt to the new environment.
5. Eat healthy
As a general rule, food with high proteins keep you awake and active while carbohydrates make you sleepy. So, eat lots of protein-fuelled food for breakfast and lunch. When you are about to go to sleep at night, opt for pasta or rice to really have a good night’s sleep. Also, snack on some berries as it contains melatonin which can help you with your jet lag problem.
How do you deal with your jet lag? Do you have other ways to counter this? Please tell us at the comments section down below!