How to Combat Jet Lag: 8 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep When Traveling

By Anna Breuer on 17 October 2018
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Tired of being tired when you should be wide awake or the opposite in a foreign land? Jet lag is not only a nuisance when on holiday but it’s a major impediment to getting things done when on a business trip.

Jet lag occurs when you quickly traverse multiple time zones, leaving your internal clock unable to adjust to the change. It causes sleeplessness, headaches, a loss of appetite, and mild irritability, all things better left behind when on a trip.

Fortunately, sleep science has made much progress in the past 50 years and we now know that sleep isn’t merely a passive state with your head on a pillow. As a result, we know there are things that you can do to improve the quality of sleep and limit the effects of flying and jet lag.


In addition, keep in mind that, for most people, it’s harder to travel east.

1.) Partially “change” your time zone in advance of departure. For three days preceding your trip, if traveling east, wake up one hour earlier (adding an hour each day so that, on the day of departure, you are waking up three hours early), or go to bed one hour later each day if traveling west, again adding one hour each day.

2.) Sleep during your flight but avoid using sleeping pills and alcohol to fall asleep. Frequent flyers use ear plugs, noise-cancelling headphones, and eye masks to get the job done.

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