Definition of jetlag – something that is out there purely to be a nuisance and mess up your system. Well not the dictionary definition but close enough! For those new to going to timezones 3 hours different to their own, jetlag is something that is probably going to cause you a lot of trouble. However, as proud as this sounds, I’ve gotten a grip on jetlag, I’m actually ace at beating it – and I’ve been to timezones with differences of 8-11 hours. Even when I was younger I was always much better than my family at adjusting. So here are my tips, some of which were just natural to me and some I have gained over time as I’ve gotten older
Be well rested before you travel
Before you board that plane, make sure that you’ve had a good nights sleep. 8-10 hours and make sure it’s good quality. I’ve written a post all about getting some good quality kip here. Some believe that adjusting to the country’s timezone before you go is more beneficial, but I disagree. Tiring yourself out before you go just doesn’t make much sense to me. Plus changing timezone before you go doesn’t mean your flight times change, you’ll most likely have to wake up at your normal country’s morning anyway for your flight. Meaning your body will just be even more confused.
Eat well and stay hydrated
Okay, I ramble on about this all the time but a happy body is a healthy body. I’m not saying you have to be health obsessed, but spiking up your fruit and veg intake and drinking lots of water isn’t a hard thing to do. Lay off of the alcohol and ‘heavy’ foods which could make you lethargic. Caffeine although good for energy will only interfere with your body clock further, so try and avoid it the first day of your trip.
Adjust during your flight
Now’s the time for adjusting to the time zone. If you’re on a flight that will land in the early hours of the morning in your destination, get to sleep pronto! But if your flight lands in the afternoon, keep yourself awake and adjust your watch to the destination. Of course, the meals are at set times but try and eat any snacks on the flight at normal times.
Stay in the sunlight
In your new destination, try and take in as much sunlight as you can if you land in the day. Our bodies naturally react to the intensity of sunlight, producing melatonin when sunlight is limited. So try your best to stay outside in the sun or in well-lit areas in the day. At night when you’re sleeping, keep the room dark – use eye masks to help even if you do not usually use them at home.
Exercising gets your blood flowing and releases endorphins which not only boosts your mood but gives you a good energy boost for hours after…ironically. I’m not talking gym workouts, but leave your hotel and wander around. You’ll feel much better moving than dozing on the bed. Plus, more time exploring where you are, why waste any time?!
I hope these tips are helpful for you! Of course, everyone’s bodies are different and react to time difference in their own ways but just try your best to take care of your body – you, of course, are meant to be having fun but your body will need help otherwise you will just crash and burn later </3