Don’t let jet lag spoil that much needed holiday trip to paradise or stop you from closing that career enhancing deal you’ve been working on for months.
Arriving full of excitement and anticipation is great, but finding that you can’t sleep at night, you’re tired during day and you’ve got an upset stomach and a headache can do a lot more than just take edge off your trip.
If you’re seeking ways of preventing jet lag, or looking for perfect jet lag remedy, then here are seven tips to start you on your search.
Tip 1. Clear decks before your departure.
A much overlooked aspect of jet lag is part played by stress. Running around trying to do a 1001 last minute jobs in week before you fly. Worrying about whether house will be safe. Sitting up until midnight night before your flight paying household bills. Sound familiar?
Plan well in advance and make sure that you’ve taken care of everything at least three or four days before you go. Then take it easy, get lots of rest and set aside time specifically for relaxation.
Tip 2. Start adjusting your bedtime before you go.
In two weeks before your trip start to gradually adjust your bedtime. If you’re flying east, bring your bedtime forward by ten or fifteen minutes each night so that, by time you leave, you’re going to bed about two hours earlier than normal. This will ‘narrow gap’ between time at which your body wants to go to bed and time that clock says you should go to bed at your destination.
Similarly, if you’re traveling west, put your bedtime back by ten or fifteen minutes each day.
Tip 3. Reduce you caffeine intake.
Coffee, as well as other caffeinated drinks, both speeds up and slows down your internal body clock, depending upon time of day that you consume it. When you’re settled into a regular pattern of sleep this doesn’t necessarily present too much of a problem, as effects can tend to ‘balance out’. However, when your body clock finds itself at odds with local time effects of caffeine can be quite marked and add considerably to problems of jet lag.
Tip 4. Avoid Pills.