Getting Over Jet Lag in 3 Easy Steps

1. Stay In Shape

People that are in shape are generally less affected by the changing of time zones during travel. This is because a fit body is one that is more durable and less prone to fatigue and stress. If you’re not normally active, try doing some physical activity before your trip. Take long walks, eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and squeeze in as much physical activity as you can before you embark on your trip.  If you land during the day, fight the urge to nap and instead take a brisk walk. Stay as active as you can for the first few days in your new locale – your body will thank you for it.

2. Adapt Quickly

During your flight, change the time on your watch to match the time in your destination. This will help your mind make the transition. As soon as you land, start adapting to the local schedule. If you arrive at dinner time in your new location, but it’s only breakfast time back home, eat dinner instead of breakfast. If it’s daytime, spend time outside in the sunlight to alert your body that you should be awake, even if the clocks back home say that it’s bed time. The sooner that you adopt the local schedule, the faster your body will adjust to the new time zone.  You can even begin preparing before you even board a plane by slightly adjusting your sleep schedule at home to match what your sleep schedule will be when you arrive at your destination.

3. Drink Smartly

Staying hydrated with the right kind of liquids is extremely important in combatting the effects of jet lag. Drink plenty of icy cold water before, after and during the flight to stay hydrated and rejuvenate your body. Although you might be tempted on the plane to drink coffee, juice, soda or alcohol, avoid these caffeinated and sugary beverages. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks can cause you to become more dehydrated, and can also mess with your sleep schedule. These beverages can also trigger nausea, or make any anxiety that you are feeling about travel even worse. Stick to water before you take off, and after you land.

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