Jet lag is one of life’s unavoidable outcomes if you choose to travel overseas. Often described as feeling like a hangover, jet lag can conquer even the most confident of travellers.
Once you arrive at your destination, it’s best to try and adapt to the new time zone as fast as possible. If you arrive in the morning, do your best to stay awake until an early local bedtime. Use different tactics to stay awake such as sightseeing and getting outside as much as you can. Light is said to be an important factor for keeping jet lag at bay, helping your body clock adjust more easily.
The last thing you probably want to do after a long flight is exercise. But exercise boosts your endorphins, triggering a positive reaction in your body. Mixed with sunlight and fresh air, these three ingredients can help your body to reset and adjust sooner to your new time zone.
Hydration is key, and water should be your beverage of choice when travelling. According to research the air inside an aeroplane is dryer than the Sahara Desert, with the humidity level at around 10%. This makes it even more important to stay hydrated as the moisture is being sucked out of your body while on the plane. But don’t be mistaken, not just any beverage will do; stick to water and avoid caffeine and alcohol as they will only serve to dehydrate you even further.
You can also use apps to better understand and track when you should be sleeping to avoid jet lag. The app Time Shifter uses the latest research in circadian neuroscience and sleep studies to help reduce jet lag symptoms. Taking a personalised approach to help users adjust to new time zones, Time Shifter allows you to keep track of the best time for sleep and when to get as much light as possible.