Jet lag can be a pain to deal with, regardless of how often you’ve traveled. What is jet lag? Well, for those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s a temporary sleeping disorder that happens when you travel through several different time zones and your circadian rhythm is thrown off its groove. But don’t worry, there are some tips and tricks that can help minimize its effects on your travels. If you aren’t sure what some of those tips & tricks are, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 ways to deal with jet lag:
- Start going to bed half an hour to an hour earlier (or later depending on where you’re going) so that your body can get used to the time zone difference
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least 3-5 cups of water (before, during, & after your flight)
- Arrive early to your destination if you can (that way, you can adjust to your new sleep schedule without any interference to your work)
- Avoid alcohol & soda; these drinks will only dehydrate you even more, leading you to feel more jet lagged and tired
- Set your watch while your flying to the correct timezone (you can always do this before as well, but don’t miss your flight because of it!)
- Minimize distractions before and during sleeping
- Get a good night’s sleep before flying
- Avoid naps – Stay awake until it’s ready to go to bed in the timezone (i.e., if you’re traveling to Europe from America, go to bed at 10 or 11 P.M. European time; this helps your body better adjust to the new time zone & circadian rhythm)
- Eat healthy & exercise; this can help you feel more awake and keep your circulation going right, which can help with adjusting to a new time zone
- If necessary, use melatonin (here’s an explanation of what melatonin is; if necessary, talk to your doctor before taking more serious medications)
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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.