When it comes to jumping time zones, some seasoned travelers simply tough it out. This may work for a few people, but often is not the best solution. There are some great tricks that can help minimize the effects of jet lag when trying to sync up your internal clock with your new destination. Follow these simple steps before you leave, on the plane and the day you arrive to minimize the impact jetlag has on your body.
The day before you travel:
We recommend getting a good night's sleep the day before travel. This puts your body in a well rested state and allows you to better adapt to changes. Try to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check in and find your gate. When planning your trip allow extra time for connections so you're not rushed, as a stressful connection on a tired body will only make things worse.
During your flight:
Just before your flight and once in the air keep hydrated, this means drinking lots of water. Stay away from caffeinated beverages and alcohol as these will only dehydrate your body. If you plan to sleep on the flight, wear earplugs and use a neck pillow to sleep comfortably. This will give you the best chances of getting some good quality shut-eye.
The day after arrival:
Once in your destination eat and sleep on your new time schedule, this will help you body quickly adapt. If you can get 30 minutes of bright sunlight that is highly recommened. Or go for a walk if you arrive more than 6 hours before bed time. For breakfast and lunch enjoy a high protein diet and for dinner enjoy more carbohydrates. This will help you stay energized throughout the day and then help you fall asleep in the evening.