Jet lag is a “physical reaction to a rapid change in time zones. It affects most travelers, including seasoned fliers like flight attendants and pilots. Common symptoms include disorientation, irritability, fatigue, swollen limbs and eyes, headaches, cold-like symptoms, and irregular bowels,” and as Independent Traveler also states, it is quite a “debilitating experience”.
However, there are certain tricks that can help you recover and adjust to the new time zone more quickly.
Prior to the Flight
Make sure you treat your body well for a couple of days before your flight. Exercise, sleep well, stay hydrated, and this one may be hard, but don’t drink any alcohol.
Stay sober is vital as getting on a long-haul flight with a hangover can double your ordeal.
Exercising right before you head to the airport is also pretty useful as it can help you sleep better on the plane.
It is also handy to adjust your habits before you leave.
“If you are traveling from the East to the West Coast of the US, you’re facing a three-hour time change and you should try to adjust your internal clock,” Independent Traveler states.
“Three or four days before you leave, start to stay up a little later than usual, and sleep in a little longer. That way, if you become accustomed to falling asleep at 1 a.m. and waking up at 9 a.m. on the East Coast, it will be the same as falling asleep at 10 p.m. and waking up at 6 a.m. on the West Coast. Traveling west to east, do the opposite: get up and go to bed earlier.”
Next time we are delving a bit deeper into what t do during your flight. Stay tuned.