How to combat Jet Lag

Jet lag from long distance flights sometimes make us wish we never left home! It is caused by a mismatch between the time zone you are in, and the time zone your body thinks it’s in, essentially a disruption of the body’s circadian rhythmns. Jet lag affects us all differently, but there are some things we can do to minimize the effects and get on with enyoying our trip.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Rest Up. Sleep well and gets lots of rest in the days leading up to your trip. This will help you adapt much more quickly.
  2. Stay hydrated. Airplanes are low on humidity and high on recycled air, so drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  3. Exercise Sitting for long periods of time causes backaches, swollen legs and feet, and general discomfort. Stretch and walk the aisles of the plane at regular intervals to keep the blood flowing.
  4. Eat well. Rich or exotic foods require a lot of the body’s energy to digest. Eat lightly so you have the energy to adjust to your new surroundings.
  5. Go local. Set your clock to the time of your destination when you get on the plane and eat and sleep like you are there already.
  6. Stay up. If you arrive during the day, stay awake until normal bedtime. Take a shower, and get some sun and fresh air. The sooner you get on local time, the sooner you will feel like normal.

Now, I have to go – I have a plane to catch…

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