If you’ve become fed up of the winter chill, and have spent the last week jetting off to hotter climates, then you’re probably suffering from the main side effect of travelling: jet lag.
Studies have shown that it takes a full day to recover from each time zone you travel through, meaning that wherever you travel to, there’s always going to be some discomfort along the way.
Check out these top tips for dealing with the effects of jet lag.
Do your best to relax your busy schedule at home before jetting away.
It’s ideal to start your holiday feeling fresh and ready to begin, rather than too fatigued to take part – and the best way you can ensure your energy is to tone down activities before your flight and just take some time to wind everything down and prepare yourself.
Get a good nights’ sleep
The majority of people always seem to get a poor sleep the night before they fly, either due to pre-holiday excitement, an early flight or an attempt to stay up before the journey so as to sleep on the flight.
This tends to backfire massively.
Head to bed at an earlier time if you’ve got an early flight to ensure a good amount of hours. Another tip is to make sure that everything is packed ready and waiting, to ensure a longer period of time in bed and less stress when leaving your home.
Avoid Night Time Arrivals
A great tip is to make sure that you arrive at your holiday destination whilst it’s still daylight – this way, you are more likely to stay up throughout the rest of the day and head to bed at the normal time of the new country you’re in. The exposure to daylight really helps to keep you awake for longer, even if you’re exhausted on the inside. Heading to bed at the right time will ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead, and ready to start your holiday.
Set Your Watch
This next tip definitely is a mind trick. Set your watch to the time it currently is in the country you’re flying to before your flight even takes off. This really helps to get your mind and body into the swing of that specific time zone. It’s super simple and really effective.
Get Some Exercise
Although it’s probably the last thing you want to do after a long haul flight, a great tip for fighting off jet lag is to make sure that you get plenty of exercise. After dropping your bags off at your accommodation, a good swim in the pools or a walk or jog in the local parks could be the best thing to do for fighting the effects of travelling.
On the same note of getting your exercise in, it’s super important to get out and about in the sunshine during your first day of the holiday. Upon landing, make sure you’re up and about and get sunbathing! The increase in vitamin D and the exposure to light really helps to align circadian rhythms and is perfect for ensuring your body clock is fitted back together.
Try to Avoid Alcohol
It’s best to avoid alcohol on a flight due to its super dehydrating properties, masses of water tends to be lost from our bodies whilst travelling, so a substance that is only going to make this effect more intense is not ideal. Avoid alcohol and opt for water instead. Try to drink at least one bottle every hour to ensure a clear head upon landing.
Bye Bye Coffee
Although it can be tempting to reach for the caffeine upon arrival at the airport, and for some it’s even a tradition to head for a big breakfast and lots of coffee, the morning tipple really has a negative effect on your alertness during the journey.
Although it tends to increase energy before the flight, the influx of caffeine makes sleeping on the journey very difficult, especially if it’s a long haul flight. Opt for decaf or simply switch to water to ensure a restful experience.