We've all been there. Feeling rather disgusting from a 14 hour flight and in desperate need of a shower. Then the worry sets in - will you get enough sleep despite the jet lag to enjoy the next day to the fullest without randomly nodding off and falling asleep whilst standing? Well here are some tips on how to minimise your jet lag and get off to a positive and well slept start!
1) Be on the time of the country you are in - this is VERY important. It is essential to adjust your body clock to the destination you are in and not stay on the time of the previous country. Even if you're exhausted this will help you adjust quicker. This was the advice I was given when working as Cabin Crew and trust me - it helps!
2) Try and sleep on the plane - this is a great opportunity to try and catch up on some much needed rest. I am a very light sleeper and I struggle immensely with sleeping in public spaces. However, I have found that purchasing some high-quality earplugs and a good quality sleeping cushion works wonders and I can now sleep more comfortably feeling as though I'm in my own space.
3) Avoid caffeine and drinking too much water before sleeping - when it is finally time to put your head down and rest at your chosen destination try to avoid drinks containing caffein, drinking too much water or eating a heavy meal. Your digestive system will work overtime while you're asleep and you may wake up prematurely needing to go to the bathroom.
4) Split up the trip - I live in Australia with the remainder of my family still living in the UK. Rather than flying all that way in one trip (which I have done many times and it is completely exhausting), I now prefer to stay for a night or two at a destination along the way. This is a perfect opportunity to gradually adjust to the different time zones before landing at your chosen destination and the perfect opportunity to experience a new destination for a couple of days!
5) Avoid strong sleeping pills - this is wise and they quite often leave you feeling tired and sluggish even long after you've woken up. If you do need a helping hand, try a more natural remedy of fish oil and melatonin. Be sure to read the dosages and be careful if you are prone to allergic reactions.
Well there you have it! 5 tips on how to help keep that pesky jet lag at bay! Let us know what you think and if you have any other recommendations or personal tricks you use you to minimise your jet lag, we'd love to hear from you!
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