If you are a frequent traveler or international traveler
between different time zones, you have a very much chance of going through jet
lag. As easily as you forward your wristwatch to the time of your destination,
you cannot do the same with your body. When travelling through multiple time
zones at high altitudes in high speed your body is going to take its toll. Your
biorhythm/ internal clock and external clock get desynchronized. Your body
cannot acclimatize with the time differences. And your general health is going
to be temporarily affected. Jet lags kicks in once you have travelled at least
two time zones. Jet lags symptoms are
worse when you are flying east.
When it’s time to sleep, your body feels hunger. And when
it’s time to rise and shine your body prefers to go and have long nap. Jet lag leads you to have extreme fatigue,
bowel problems and indigestion, loss of appetite, concentration issues. For
each time zone pass your body requires at least one full day to recover
completely. And with multiple time zones, your body needs more days to make
full recovery if your short trip. You will lose to jet lag than enjoying your
trip. With age jet lag recovery takes longer time.
You cannot avoid this biorhythmic confusion but you can
minimize the symptoms and have most productive time.
Before boarding your
Simulate your schedule
You can make a schedule that matches your destination time.
Have your mealtimes closer to that of your destination times. People can easily
fall asleep in their own beds but it might be a problem when you are on the
flight or at your destination. Gradually shift. If you are flying east, move
your bedtime earlier and if you are flying west, move your bedtime later.
Leave the home well
You will be flying transatlantic. The flights are long. if
you are not fully rested or you had a night-out before your flight next day,
your body will show its effects during the first part of your trip. Make sure
you are completely rested and relaxed before your flight. Pack all your stuff
48 hours prior your flight. Keep your body fully rested without any stress in
these two days. Your mind is also ready for the trip.
During the flight
Rest and reset
If your arrival is daytime, it is better sleep during your
flight. Adjust your body and mind along with your wristwatch to the time zone
once it has been announced. Keep your mind off from thinking about your time from
your home. This will aids in avoid stress and jet lag to kick in faster. You
can use eye masks, ear plugs to avoid distractions and disturbances for your
sleep. You can also wear comfortable clothing and follow your daily routine
bedtime to ease in your sleep. Avoid overeating before and during your flight.
If you can sleep anywhere easily then you are lucky. But if
you can’t do that, choose a seat that is not near galleys and lavatories. These
are high traffic areas with their motion and commotion which can keep you awake
or disturb your sleep. Choose the seat that reclines and allows stretching. If
you are someone who doesn’t need to get off your seating often you can choose
window seat. You can use pillow at the side to have comfortable sleeping.
Keep your body hydrated before, during and after your
flight. Drink water as much as you can but maintain it that it doesn’t affect
you during flight. Hydration aids in sleep. Do not drink alcoholic and high
caffeinated beverages. Instead of helping you sleep it may make you more awake.
Alcohol can cause dehydration.
Use of prescription
If your flight time is longer than 8 hours, you can take in
some medication after consultation. Some
medicine may make you wake up feeling drowsy once you have landed. For flights
shorter than 7 hours, it is best to avoid taking in medicine. This will influence in early hours of your
destination. You can cure your jet lag temporarily if necessary by taking in
medicine that let you sleep or stay alert as necessary like melatonin.
Stay awake until local
Do not try to doze
off as soon as you land. Try to keep yourself awake at least till earliest
local bedtime. This way your body will adjust or is forced to acclimatize with
the local time. Plan a long walk breathing in fresh air while standing firm to
fight off drowsiness. Avoid heavy exercises near bedtime. This may delay sleep.
If you want to stay on top of you games then you can arrange
to make it that you arrive few days prior to your event. Get your body and mind
acclimatize with local time and meals. Do some light exercise and move around
periodically in-flight. We may not be able to completely avoid or cure jet lag.
But with these few simple strategies we can lessen the effects and symptoms of
Best way to fight off jet lag is to leave your home with
fully relaxed body and mind, force your body for transition into local time.
And enjoy your trip even at the first day.