Jet lag can affect us all when travelling across different time zones. Mild jet lag can mean simply feeling fatigued, whereas more severe jet lag can mean fatigue, insomnia, confusion and even constipation. Either way, jet lag isn’t a nice experience – so we’ve put together a guide to get rid of your jet lag problems once and for all!
Prepare your Body
Depending on where you’re travelling to, push your schedule back or forward by one hour every week. The more time zones you’re travelling across, the earlier you’ll need to get up. Your body will then slowly adjust to the new time difference.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
Dehydration is one of the symptoms of jet lag, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids, especially water on the day that you travel. Air is also dry in the cabin which can contribute to dehydration, so make sure you’ve always got a drink. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided as these can dehydrate you further.
Set your Clock
Set your watch and the clock on your phone to your new time zone as soon as you get on the flight to help you mentally adjust.
If it’s daytime at your destination, try to stay awake on the flight. If it’s nighttime at your destination, try to get some shuteye. Earplugs, eye masks, and air conditioning can all help to soothe you to sleep if you’re having trouble. You could even ask your doctor for short-term sleep medication if you’re getting on a long flight. You shouldn’t have too much trouble if you’re just going to rent an apartment in Menorca – but America will be a different story!
Consider Flat Bed Seats
If you’re on a long flight, you might want to consider upgrading to flat bed seats to give you a better rest.
Spend Time In The Sun Once You Arrive
Once you’ve made it to your destination, it’s a good idea to spend lots of time in the sun. This will help your brain adjust to the time zone – but you must remain active! Don’t just laze around your hotel as this could make jet lag even worse.
Eat Light Meals
Your digestive routine is adjusting as well as your sleeping pattern. Eat light meals so it’s easier for your body to adapt and you can rule out diarrhea and constipation.
Exercise in The Morning and Evening
It’s a proven fact that exercise can help sleep providing it’s done at the right times. Morning exercise will help you to feel more alert and raring to go, while evening exercise will help you to fall asleep quicker as long as you don’t do it too close to bedtime as it’ll stimulate you even more.
Eat a Protein Rich Breakfast
Protein rich breakfasts help to keep you alert in the morning; so have things like eggs, milk, cheese, mushrooms and beans!
By taking the time to prepare for the change your body will go through when travelling long distances by using these tips you’ll eliminate your jet lag problems for good!