How Frequent Flyers Combat Jet Lag: Five Tips for a Successful and Restful Trip

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Nighttime in a LOT Dreamliner

Nighttime in a LOT Dreamliner

Clearly there is no one-size-fits-all method for fighting the ill effects of jet lag.  Rather, travelers can utilize variety of time-proven tactics.  Nonetheless, there may be some techniques that you haven’t tried yet that may be more effective than your current methods, or you may wish to add one or two new techniques to your repertoire.

Here are some tips on how to effectively deal with crossing time zones and minimizing jet lag:

1.)       Change time zones in advance. For three days preceding your departure, wake up one hour earlier (adding an hour so that, on the day of departure, you are waking up three hours early) if traveling east or go to bed one hour later each day if travelling westward, again adding one hour each day.

2.)       On the day of your flight, keep hydrated by drinking water and avoid alcohol.  Dehydration exacerbates jet lag and alcohol and caffeine are two causes of dehydration.

3.)       Adjust dining patterns to local time and eat lightly.  Eating on time at your destination will help your internal clock adjust more readily to the change.  Large meals make it more difficult for your body’s internal clock to adjust.  Start your day off with protein-rich foods such as eggs, milk, meat, and cheese.

4.)       Get plenty of exercise and keep moving.  Brisk walks count; sitting in front of the television in the hotel room doesn’t.

5.)       Take melatonin.  Your body naturally produces melatonin around bedtime therefore taking it half an hour before your new bedtime will help you adjust your body clock.

Whether it means powering through that four o’clock urge to take a nap or downing a couple cups of coffee, we hope you ease into your next time zone as effortlessly as possible.  Sweet dreams!

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