If you have ever anticipated a vacation for weeks only to arrive at your beautiful destination grumpy, drowsy and lethargic? It has happened to all of us at some point, falling victim to jet lag that is. I am here to tell you how to fight off jet lag so you can enjoy every minute of your vacation…including your flight. WHAT IS JET LAG? Jet Lag, also called desynchronosis, is a temporary disruption of the internal body clock. This disorder causes insomnia, fatigue and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones.
BEFORE YOU FLY
- Avoid planning an early morning departure where you lose sleep in order to get to the airport on time.
- When selecting your seat, request one away from the lavatory and galley to avoid disrupted sleep.
- HYDRATE! Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your flight.
- At the gate check with the boarding agent to see if there are any full rows available. Three seats makes for a pretty comfortable bed!
- Start to preset your internal clock three days before you leave. If you are traveling east, start going to bed and waking up earlier each day and if traveling west; go to bed later and sleep in. This will help you to adjust to the new time zone.
- Wear comfortable clothing and bring with you a blanket and pillow to make sure you are warm and relaxed on the flight.
DURING YOUR FLIGHT
- If you are arriving to your destination in the morning, make sure you get some sleep on the flight. Vise versa, if arriving at night, no matter how tiered you are try and stay up so you can sleep through the night when you arrive.
- Snack on low sodium foods that won’t make you bloat up- like fresh fruits and veggies. I try and pack my own snacks or buy something healthy at the airport so I avoid the salty foods that are available on the plane.
- HYDRATE! Keep drinking plenty of water during the flight. Hydration is key, especially in the dry cabin atmosphere.
- If you didn’t bring your own pillow or blanket ask for one as soon as you get on the plane. Often flights do not carry enough to go around so grab one while you can!
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. This will just dehydrate you more and disrupt sleep while airborne.
- Walk around the cabin when the pilot permits to improve blood circulation.
- Try to eat and drink according to your destinations local time.
- Bring a chamomile or ginger tea bag with you to use with the hot water on board. Calming tea thats promotes sleep, relieving muscle soreness, colds and jet lag!