By Damilola Faustino
If you are travelling long distances on airplanes, chances are you are going to have to deal with jet lag. Crossing time zones have frustrating consequences but if you take a few precautions, then knowing ways to overcome jet lag will be very helpful. If you are planning a trip that will leave you reeling, here are ways to deal with jet lag:
Schedule your time
A good way to help you deal with a confused internal clock is to schedule your meetings or events on the other side, according to your own time zone at home, where possible. Move your schedule around so that it still resembles office hours at home and you will be able to remain alert and focused during your meetings. This is an especially helpful way to deal with jet lag if you are travelling long distances with a short turnaround.
It is very tempting to hit the coffee hard on a long haul flight, but it is only going to dehydrate you further. Dehydration is one of the biggest factors in causing jet lag, and flying on its own with the dry cabins and central climate control will dry you out all on its own. To help prevent jet lag, it is extremely important to drink as much water as possible. To ensure that you are going to have enough water for your flight, buy some on the other side of the security check.
Sleep on the plane
Work out what time you will be arriving at your destination, and plan your sleep patterns according to that. If you are going to land in the evening or late afternoon, then try your best to stay awake during the flight, so that when you land you will be tired enough to go to sleep. To cope with jet lag, if you are landing in the morning, then try and sleep during the flight as much as possible so that you will feel refreshed when you arrive.
Stretch your legs
Sitting in a cramped position for hours on time will definitely not help you to deal with jet lag. Try and get up and stretch your legs now and again during the flight, get the blood flow moving in your legs and swing your arms, even if it looks slightly ridiculous. While you are sitting, move your ankles and circles, and move your feet up and down to help stretch the muscles.
Maintain your routine
If you land in the morning, grab a nice cup of fresh coffee. Make sure that you drink lots of water, tea or coffee during the day to keep you going and no matter what, do not have a quick nap. Once you have made it through your first day dealing with jet lag, you can crash on your bed and enjoy a full night’s sleep. Don’t drink coffee at night, stick to water or non-caffeinated drinks.
Activity, fresh air or bright lights will all help you restart your confused body clock, and help you overcome jet lag. The first morning after you land, head out for a good exercise session in a brightly lit gym, get the earphones in and pump up the volume, and enjoy a good workout. If you can get out to the beach or go for a run in the park, even better.
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