We have entered into one of the busiest travel seasons, which means many of you probably already have your next flight booked and coming up within a few days. There are many stresses that come with flying such as going through security, flight delays, the prices of airport food, the duration of the flight, and sitting next to a stranger. Although we can’t help you prevent any of the above stresses, we can help with another big issue when traveling: Jet Lag.
Jet lag can be detrimental to a trip, especially on international trips. Imagine you are traveling to London for the first time and work only allowed you to take a week off. There are so many places you want to see and food you want to try. An extra day on your trip can make all the difference. With that said, jet lag could last a few hours or could last your entire trip.
So, what’s jet lag? According to WebMD, jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that is caused from traveling to different time zones. It is generally worse when you lose time. It also hits us older folks a little harder.
There may not be one quick way to prevent jet lag, but there are steps you can take to minimize its impact on the body.
Sleep on the Plane
This may be a difficult one, especially if you are sitting next to a very social person or a small child. Travel can be extremely tiring so this could be crucial to helping fight your jet lag. If you can’t avoid coach, try getting a window seat and bring a pillow to help you get comfortable.
Anticipate the Time Change
Try changing up your sleeping schedule before your flight. If you are flying to London, spend the next few days before your flight on their schedule. If you don’t have work, this will be easier. However, some of us may not have those luxuries. If that’s the case, the Sleep Foundation recommends selecting a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10pm local time.
Relax Your Schedule
We hate to say it as we know a foreign country can be exciting, but try to relax your schedule. You don’t want to overdo it. If you are flexible about your arrangements, you’ll start your trip with a major advantage. Try taking it easy on the first day and enjoy your trip.
Lastly, we recommend drinking enough water and avoid alcohol on the flight. It is said that cabin air dehydrates passengers and altitude changes can quicken the effects of alcohol. Drink plenty of fluids on the flight and bring your Glasstic for extra support. Although you cannot bring water through TSA, many of the airports have fill-up stations to ensure you are staying hydrated.
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