How to Avoid Jet Lag During Your Holiday Stint
Jet lag – this biorhythmic perplexity hounds anyone who flies through multiple time zones. And since your body clock doesn’t reset in the blink of an eye, rather, has grown accustomed to doing things on a 24-hour cycle, it might scream an incredulous “WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?!”
So you really can’t expect to go through your much-planned itineraries in a seamless fashion. And you cannot force your mind and body to appreciate a 100-year-old artefact or painting in an exotic museum when it just literally wants to go on a deep and uninterrupted slumber.
But before you let out a big sigh because your first day of vacation might be ruined by jet lag, there are things you can do to minimize its symptoms – and still have high hopes that you can be productive and surprisingly in fit condition during your first few days in a magnificent tourist destination.
- Get enough beauty rest before your flight. Assume the worst (especially if you’re not flying first-class) so that you are physically and mentally comfortable once you get on board for your adventure. A wild bon voyage party doesn’t necessarily scream ‘rested well’ before the trip. If you want to avoid being jet-lagged for the first precious days of your arrival in a strange yet beautiful city, keep the last 48-hour period before your flight schedule sacred. A hectic last night will leave you frazzled and your senses would be bombarded unmercifully during the flight and after touch down – which is not a good idea to start your holiday stint.
- Enjoy your flight. Use the in-flight movies to rest and reset. Try as much as possible to get some nap time or some serious sleeping hours so you can be functional the instant you land. And for goodness’ sake, reset both your wristwatch and your mind to your country of destination.
- Stand resolute in adjusting to the local time. Stay awake until dusk so you can transition your body to the local time as soon as the sun wakes up the next day. This way, you can accomplish all the things you set out to do for the first 48 hours of your holiday stint. Do not give in to sleep by enjoying a nice European walk around the marketplace and wherever there are lots of sights and crowds. Get a healthy dose of daylight, exercise and fresh air and you’ll wave jet lag goodbye instantly.
- Stay hydrated. Get plenty of plain water before, during and after your flight. Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol. It would just dehydrate you more quickly, disrupt your sleeping patterns and may worsen the symptoms of time zone tiredness.
- Pack up some jet lag pills. This can be your last resort and we hope you won’t have to use it at all. Sometimes, it can do more harm than good so make sure your doctor can prescribe medication that your body will accept willingly – helping you sleep better during in-flight travel and keep you alert once you arrive at your destination.