How to Avoid Jet Lag?


If you are going to a different place than your body is used to, prepare it for the conditions there in advance. A couple of days before you travel try going to bed earlier if you are travelling east and later if you are travelling westbound. Avoid heavy meals immediately before travelling. The lower air pressure in the cabin can mean you get bloated more easily, leading to discomfort. Avoid typically “gassy” foods for the same reason. Immediately on take-off, change your watch to the local time of your destination, so that you become accustomed to your new time several hours before arrival. Get as much exercise on the flight as you can by walking up and down the aisles. If you have a choice, it is probably better to choose an aisle seat so that you don’t disturb your neighbour every time you get up to go for a walk. Use any refuelling stops to take longer walks. Drink plenty of water during the flight. The dry air inside an aircraft not only causes dehydration, but also causes passengers to sweat profusely (this isn’t noticed because the sweat dries immediately). Avoid drinking coffee and tea during a flight. They can cause extra dehydration because they are diuretics. If you have a stopover on long-haul flights, take a shower if possible. The water boosts circulation and helps get your muscles going. Try to adjust your mealtimes and bedtime to local times immediately on arrival.
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