Frequent travel is a necessary for some professionals. The extra long commute to work or regular flights to conferences and meeting.
When you travel and your time zone shifts more than 2 hours especially going east, jet lag is often a constant companion.
Here are some travel hacks that could help you along the way:-
Set your watch to the new time zone. The transition to the new time zone should begin on the plane so that you at least get yourself mentally prepared.
Don’t overload yourself with food. Aeroplane food has an influence on your jet lag. Carbohydrate food can make you feel very heavy and tired. Choose more protein rich food such as fish, meat or eggs. Your body can then use the energy to stay awake.
Opt for a flight which arrives in daylight. This will make it easier to stay awake. Exploring will be much more tempting when the sun is shining.
Drink plenty of water. Yes yes… we’ve all heard this one before but it really does help. Jet lag is partly a result of dehydration
Never ever have a nap on your first day. You will feel worse for it and it will disrupt your sleep. Stay busy but don’t go crazy. Stay up until you normally would.
There is no treatment for jet lag. Symptoms often improve after a few days as your body clock adjusts to the new time zone.
Symptoms of jet lag are:-
So make sure you have some medication to help the stomach.
The expression goes that ‘West is best’, East is the beast’ and its true. This is because you’ll end up trying to get sleep when your body is actually waking up.
British Airways have a great little link which provides some advice on jet lag.
Try this out before your next journey to see if it helps.