There’s not much that is worse than jet lag. [Jet lag means that your circadian rhythm (your internal clock) is out of sync with its new environment.] Arriving to your destination tired, groggy, and hungry can really wear on your body. It can knock you out for a few days during your trip and post-trip, and that is the last thing you want to happen!
The number one thing that helps me prevent jet lag is getting on the same schedule with the location I am in. When I visited Paris in November I was so excited that I didn’t sleep much on the overnight flight across the Atlantic. When we arrived in Paris around noon I was tired and hungry! We decided to take a quick nap (not always the best thing, but for us it worked) right when we arrived to allow us to stay up the rest of the day/night.
Here are some other things you can do to beat jet lag blues:
- Sleep at the right times. It always helps to be well rested before your trip and try to get rest and relaxation on the plane rides back and forth.
- Have a routine. Adjusting to a routine of going to bed at a decent hour and waking up at a decent hour is a good way to get into a rhythm on your vacation. Sleeping in and wasting the day because you were up too late is not a recipe for success, especially if you want to explore to the fullest!
- Stay hydrated. Bring on the H2O! Water over alcohol is your best bet. Yes, a glass or two of wine on the plane may make you fall asleep but it also dehydrates you and won’t keep you asleep for long. Taking a probiotic or drinking some kombucha is also a good way to boost your immune system during your travels so you are not overly groggy or sleepy.
- Make moves. When you arrive to your destination, you may not feel like going for a walk, but it will revitalize your muscles after the flight and give you more energy the following days. Plus, it’s a great way to see the city you just landed in.
Don’t be punished for your jet-setting life and try to stay ahead by preparing your body’s eating and sleeping patterns.
What works best for you to avoid jet lag?
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