The getaway you’ve planned is finally here, and the last thing you want to do is waste even a second of it to jet lag.
Switching between time zones isn’t easy, especially if your destination has a time difference of more than five hours from your home country.
No one wants jet lag to ruin their much-needed vacay, but the good news is there are tips on how to beat and avoid that strong sleepy feeling sneak up on you.
Do’s and Don’ts of Jet Lag
We’ve all been there, trying to keep our eyes open on a tour bus to fight off jet lag on our vacation. These simple tips and tricks should help you get around jet lag and reset your sleeping schedule to enjoy your holiday.
Do drink tons of water
It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re on the flight. Spending long hours on a plane often leaves us feeling dry and dehydrated. Try to have a glass of water every hour of your flight to help with feelings of jet lag.
Don’t drink too much caffeine
Having too many caffeinated drinks can prevent you from getting the right sleep you need in order to combat jet lag. Pay attention to the coffee and tea you are drinking and try to fall asleep on the plane to feel well rested when you land.
Do get a little exercise
Exercise can leave you feeling refreshed and energized, therefore, it’s a good idea to sneak in a few stretches on your flight to promote blood circulation. When in your hotel room, perform a quick 12-minute workout to get you ready for the fun day planned ahead.
Don’t sit or lay still for prolonged hours
Avoid staying still for too long. While prolonged sitting is not good for your health and allows for jet lag to take over, try to make it a point to actively walk around the aircraft during your flight to boost blood circulation and combat fatigue.
Do change your time on the flight
It’s a good idea to change your time to the country you are visiting when you are on the plane. Knowing the current time of your destination will mentally prepare you to get ready for the time zone you’re entering and help you set your sleeping schedule on the flight.
Don’t eat too heavy
Avoid eating too much junk food and sugars and don’t indulge in too much food at one time. Your diet and health don’t have to take a hit when you’re on vacation and eating heavier foods will promote poor sleep and let the jet lag in.
Do try to take red-eye flights
Red-eye flights are great for those who have no trouble sleeping on airplanes. Because you are leaving around night time, you can go to sleep and adjust to the new time zone a lot easier than if you had to stay up at odd hours.
Don’t get into bed as soon as you land
If it’s still daytime when you arrive, don’t hit the bed immediately. Instead, take a shower and head outside to take in some sunlight and fresh air. A little vitamin D doesn’t hurt and the light will help you stay awake until you can fall asleep at a normal hour.
Do keep yourself busy during the day
By keeping yourself engaged and doing something during the day, you can switch your focus away from how sleepy you are. Try to schedule a tour or fun activities the day you land to kick off your vacation on a good note.
Don’t stay inside
You just got to an exciting destination! Avoid the TV, try to explore your surroundings and get to know the culture instead. Binging on TV will leave you tired and could keep you up all night, further aggravating your jet lag.
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