A new town, a new state, a new country: Travel has the potential to reward with sights, sounds, smells, and food that you’ve never experienced. However, there is one thing that can make your travels less enjoyable: Jet lag. Traveling across time zones, means you are losing out on a good night’s sleep and waking up on a new side of the world.
Jet lag can take a big chunk out of your travel days, making you feel tired and run down. For many people, jet lag often causes indigestion and mood changes in addition to sleepiness. Traveling east is especially hard for many people. Jet lag can also wreck the few days after you return from a trip. While avoiding jet lag entirely probably isn’t possible, there are steps you can take to lessen its impact on your journey.
Take, for example, your time on the plane: You should make sure to hydrate with lots and lots of nonalcoholic and non-caffeinated liquids. Make sure to take along a reusable water bottle to make your travels more sustainable.
Plan your journey
Try to find a flight where you land at night. It makes getting your internal clock set to the new time easier. Planning ahead definitely helps fighting jet lag!
Help your body adjust to a new time zone by giving it bright light early in the morning. As sunlight affects your cardiac rhythm, it helps you cope with jet lag.
Discover more tips to travel well and recover from jet lag with the infographic below.