Jetlag : a sleeping disorder that can affect people going through different time zones rapidly.
It affects more than 200,000 people per year in the United States of America; most of the time, the symptoms disappear after a few days or week, and it doesn’t necessite any kind of treatment, the person affected just needs to adjust to the new time zone.
Here are 15 tips and advice to help you prevent jetlag,
Before you leave :
- People with strict sleeping and eating schedules are the ones who suffer the most from jetlag. If you are more flexible on these schedules, you will have a natural advantage against jetlag.
- Even if it’s tempting to sleep less to have more chances to fall asleep in the plane, it’s risky. It’s better to sleep well and be well rested for the trip.
- Try to change your sleeping habits before you leave. Set your alarm to 3.am, get dressed, send a few e-mail, go back to sleep. It will help you get adjusted more easily to your new timezone when you get there.
- Plan your flights to arrive during the daytime. That way you will want to stay awake and get used to your new schedule.
- If you’re going from L.A to Paris, try to stop in Germany on the way so your body has more time to adjust.
In the plane :
- Even if everyone loves free drinks, the effects of alcohol can increase tiredness and cause dehydration that will make it even worse when you land.
So, stay sober !
- Avoid drinks containing caffeine if you land at night. It could disturb your sleeping habits. Drink a lot of water, the more hydrated you are the less jetlag affects you.
- Forget about the sleeping pills, it won’t help with the jetlag, and you will feel confused when you land. For long flights, try to get natural sleep.
- When you get on board, change the time on your watch to the time of your destination to help your brain get used to it.
- To handle it more easily, stay active, move, it will help your blood flow which will help your body feel like it wasn’t stuck for more than 8 hours on a uncomfortable seat.
After you arrive :
- Eat 3 meals a day according to the new schedule, even if it means you’re hungry at midnight, you will get used to it.
- Enjoy the daylight as much as you can.
- Exercise to stimulate the endorphines in your body and erase the tensions in your body.
- Sleep as much as usual at night. If you’re still tired during the day, allow yourself to take a nap.
- Finally, you can always invest in anti jetlag glasses. https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/4901981/these-light-therapy-glasses-could-be-the-cure-for-jet-lag-on-flights-but-theyll-set-you-back-200/
Wissem Habib. France.