Five Best Ways to Prevent Jet Lag

 By Sneha,                                 How To Avoid Jet Lag

Hi everyone,

We all know that our bodies have internal clocks, often referred as the body-clock, which primarily keeps our sleeping and wake-up times synchronized. They’re much more powerful than what we usually realize. Our body clock is not only determines when we’ll get up and sleep but also when we’ll feel like having food everyday and all such regular activities. Mostly, our daily schedules and body clock are in harmony. However, when we travel across time-zones, our internal clocks are suddenly out of sync with the ‘external’ clocks. For e.g., when you fly from New Delhi to LA, your hotel clock may be showing the time as 7 or 8 pm but your body will be thinking it’s almost midnight and time to sleep. I can very well relate to my friend and her husband who suddenly developed good habits (early to bed, early to rise) after a trip to seattle. The reason was that their bodies were temporarily aligned to US timezones and not ready to accept their Indian lifestyle (of late nights and lazy mornings).

Jetlag has various manifestations. It can make you feel tired and forgetful. Changes in your sleep schedule can make you feel irritable, lose your appetite and in some cases even lead to digestive problems such as heart burn or indigestion. Ofcourse, it’s not that you stop travelling out of jet lag fear. Instead, with a few minor changes in your habits, before and after the travel, can help put things right.
Get sufficient sleep: Although you can’t store sleep, getting a few extra hours of good sleep before a long flight is extremely helpful in making you feel refreshed when you arrive.

Travel time
: As per physicians and sleep experts, you should time your travel so that you arrive your destination fairly early in the evening. This will give you time to have a good dinner and to unwind before you go to bed. If you sleep at the new time, it’s only going to help your body get accustomed to the new clock better. Ofcourse, the arrival time is w.r.t. the destination. Hence, if you’re flying west, you’ll lose some hours and you may want to book your flight a little later, while when flying east, leave slightly early in the day.

Fluid stock: Airline cabins are very dry and many people get dehydrated by the time they reach destination. Dehydration only makes jet lag worse. It’s recommended to have a lot of water/juice before you leave home as well as on the plane. Indeed, for the indulgent, drinking alcohol does NOT help and is not recommended.

Be on the move: I know traveling in a flight doesn’t exactly provide you with a good opportunity to move around. But by being active you’ll stay energized and refreshed. Even when you arrive at your destination, take some time to walk a little. If your stay has a pool or gym, try to get some exercise as well.

Face the light: By staying in your office/hotel all the time, your body will not be able to identify the changes in external clock easily. Your internal clock is partially regulated by sunlight too. Spending sometime outdoors in your new destination will help your body clock adjust more quickly to the destination.

So .. happy flying!

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