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How to Avoid Jet Lag

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Those who fly frequently over long distances crossing different time zones are well acquainted with jet lag. Jet lag, also known as flight fatigue is the feeling of fatigue, insomnia or any other physical effect experienced by a person due to disruption of internal body clock when he / she flies across multiple time zones. Due to jet lag a person’s body takes lots of time to adjust to the new time zone. To minimize the adjustment time of the body and to avoid jet lag, keep reading this OneHowTo article.

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Adjust your schedule

People who have a rigid time table are most affected by jet lag. To minimize the effect of jet lag or to prevent it completely you need to adjust your body beforehand. The best way to do this is to start making changes in your daily routine. Some months prior to your trip try pushing your schedule one hour forward or backward according to the new time zone. Adjust an hour each week till your schedule is similar to the one it will be in the new place.

Rest well before flying

Before flying long distances you and your friends might be tempted to a wild bon voyage party. But a sleepless night or hectic day won’t do you any good especially when you are crossing multiple timelines. To avoid feeling frazzled during flight and to avoid jet lag, make sure that you have a calm 24 hour before the flight. In this 24 hour period, get ample sleep and rest so that when it’s time to leave you are prepared both mentally and physically.

Try landing in new time zone in daylight

Schedule your flight plan in such a way that you can land in the new time zone during the daytime. This is because when you reach a place in day time, you are more likely to stay awake. This will give your body ample time to adjust itself to the new time zone and hence you will feel less fatigue.

Drink ample fluids

The dry air in the interior of aircraft often causes dehydration during long flights. This can lead anyone to feel tired or fatigue which are signs of jet lag. So, drink plenty of fluids during the flight and make sure that you are having an ample amount of non-alcoholic fluids. Alcoholic fluids are not very effective for hydration and altitude change quickens the effect of alcohol. So, stick to tea, coffee, fruit juice or simply plain water.

Get some sleep on the plane

While you are on the plane, try to get an ample amount of sleep especially if you are arriving at your destination during the day time. Traveling is quite tiring. So, a good sleep on the way will prepare your body to fight over the effects of jet lag. So, do not forget your headphone and eye mask while travelling.

If you find this uncomfortable, take a look at our article on how to sleep on an airplane comfortably.

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