How to Deal with Jet Lag

Jet lag is what happens your sleep cycle is messed up due to long-distance travel, and your biological clock is misaligned with the time zone you’re currently in. If there’s one thing we value more than anything here at Soak & Sleep it’s getting a good night’s rest, and if you’ve been travelling between time zones you can end up dropping off in the middle of the day, or lying awake at night wondering what to do with yourself.

It can take a while to adjust for each time zone you cross, and it’s actually easier for us to travel west and back in time (lengthening our day), rather than east. Whilst it’s impossible to completely eliminate jet lag, there are some tips to help reduce this side-effect of continent-hopping.

Set your watch

During the flight change your watch to the local time of your destination to begin your adjustment before you arrive. Start doing things according to that time rather than the time of where you’ve just come from.

Eat at the right times

Now that you’re set to a different time zone, the in-flight meals will appear to be served at odd times. Try and keep hold of a bread roll or biscuit, or bring your own provisions, to eat at the normal mealtimes of your destination.

Turn on the light

Light is one of the most important indicators for your body for when to go to sleep or wake up. Use the reading light above your seat to stay awake if it’s daytime where you’re going, especially if they’ve turned the cabin lights off for everyone to have a snooze. If it’s night time at your destination, but the sun is shining outside the cabin window, take an eye-mask with you keep yourself in the dark.

Drink water

This is good (essential) advice generally, but drinking plenty of water during the flight will avoid dehydration, keeping away headaches and other discomforts, as well helping to maintain your energy levels for when you arrive.

Move around

Avoid sitting down for the whole time when on a long flight by taking regular walks up and down the aisle, or do some stretching exercises in your seat such as straightening out your legs and flexing your toes, and stretching your arms above your head.

Once you arrive…

Don’t be tempted to nap after a tiring flight, but stick to normal routines instead, and spend time outdoors in the daylight to keep yourself awake. Of course, if it’s night time when you arrive, feel free to flop into bed as soon as possible and get some sleep.

You can find more tips about preventing and treating jet lag on the NHS website here.

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