Have you ever experienced the following symptoms after flying across different time zones, headaches, insomnia, slight confusion, and heaviness of the head? If your answer is yes, then you must have suffered from jet lag. Jet lag, also known as flight fatigue, affects people that fly across different time zones, like navigating from west to east or the other way round. We experience this mostly because our body becomes out of sync with what is happening in different time zones.
Having described what jet lag and its attendant symptoms is. Let’s give you 5 tips on how to avoid jet lag.
- Limit or avoid alcohol while on board: Alcohol is known to contain substances that can increase dehydration. It is, therefore, advisable to limit your alcohol intake while on board or avoid it altogether while on air. This will help your body to stay hydrated much longer.
- Travel by night if possible: When it comes to flight schedule, take a night flight to your destination if possible. Doing this helps you relax well on board and sleep during the journey. If you implement this, you are most likely not going to be affected by the change in the time zone(s) during the trip. You will also arrive your destination the following morning or much later in the day time. Getting there in broad daylight enables you to continue with your normal activities without your body noticing any much difference.
- Adjust your eating pattern: A few days before you embark on your journey, try and change your eating time to correspond to that of your intended destination. Doing so helps your body to adjust to the time zone of your new destination. It will help you avoid constipation and indigestion, too.
- Create a chance to exercise or explore your new environment: If you are not on an official visit where time may be a constraint, try and have some exercise. Engaging in some exercise will help your body to adapt quickly to your new environment and shake itself quickly of the fatigue of the journey. However, if you are on a business trip where time is a constraint, then find some little time to walk around and explore your new environment. This will help your body to adapt quickly to the time zone and environment.
- Adjust your time to that of your new destination: Another good way to avoid jet lag is by changing your time to correspond to that of your new time zone. This will help you to adjust to the new time zone easily and quickly. Your body will on impulse change itself to make you feel asleep when it is night and when you wake up in the morning you will not feel different from other people you meet there.
Just like any other condition, jet lag is avoidable. You can achieve this by following the helpful tips highlighted above. We firmly hope you will put this tips into action for your own benefit.
Photo Credit: Travelcab