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#5 TravelHacks: How to fight jet lag in 5 steps

May 12, 2015
jet lag, tired, sleepy

Do you find it difficult to recover following lengthy flights? Frequent flyers are more likely to be familiar with such a phenomenon like jet lag. Disrupted sleep, fatigue and a feeling of exhaustion are all symptoms of jet lag. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to give battle to jet lag and in our next series of Travel Hacks we reveal the way how to do it.

1. What is Jet Lag?jet lag, tired, sleepy

Jet lag has to do with biorhythmic disorder leading to increased stress, sleep deprivation and lethargy. This usually happens when you cross more than one time zone while travelling, and the more time zones you cross the stronger the impact. When you switch the times on your phones, watches, our ‘body clock’ doesn’t always follow that. Biorhythmic order is shaped by the times of falling asleep and waking up, mealtimes and exposure to light. As a rule, it takes approximately one full day to adjust to every time zone travelled either east or west. Let alone the adaptation period required for the transition from Europe to, say America or Oceania.

2. Start adapting your daily schedulejet lag, time zone, sleep

Several days before departing for the destination, try adjusting the times you go to bed by moving it half an hour forward or backward depending on whether you travel west or east respectively. Also, aim to imitate the mealtimes and tune them to the times you will most probably be eating at the destination.

 3. Use Jet Lag Appjet lag, smartphone app, travel

 Jet Lag is a brilliant and a very useful app that helps you minimise the jet lag effect. Gradually, it prepares you to the rhythm and sleeping times of the destination of choice. Everyday it advises you on the times you need to go to bed to be able to blend in effortlessly when at the destination.

4. Try Melatoninjet lag, melatonin, sleep

 Melatonin is a natural hormone secreted in human beings that helps our body fall asleep. It’s advisable to take in about 2-3 grams two hours before going to bed. On condition that the supplement is taken on short-term basis, it’s believed to pose no threat to the health. Though the effectiveness of it, is occasionally questioned.

5. Replace alcohol and coffee with waterjet lag, drink, water

 Try reducing alcohol and coffee particularly before going to bed. Caffeine and alcohol are believed to be keeping you away from falling asleep. Instead, opt for drinking water as much as you can and also on the plane, as the flights are quite dehydrating.

Even though, for frequent travellers it might be difficult to fight off the jet lag effect, these measure will still minimise the negative effects and will make your next trip more serene, stress- and trouble-free.

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Nijad Nazarli

Country Manager for Russia at PaperFlies. Studying Tourism Management in Amsterdam. Loves football.

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