How to Prevent Jet Lag

Jet lag is one of the problems that travelers face when making trips that go across different time zones. As different time zones mean different sleeping and waking times, it makes it hard and difficult for travelers to adjust quickly; thus have problems sleeping following the time zone that they’re in. Add to that the general feeling of fatigue and difficulty in concentrating associated with jet lag. But there are simple steps in preventing jet lag; basically, you need to undertake steps to let your body adjust more easily to the time zone of your planned destination.

Step 1:  Start adjusting your body before your travel.

Since you know the time zone of your intended destination, you can start sleeping earlier to match the sleeping cycle of the region that you’re planning to travel to. It also helps to set your clock to the time zone of your intended destination—doing this will allow your body to adjust more easily to the area’s time zone once you arrived there.

Step 2:  When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Sleep during the night, and stay awake during the day.

Remember: Since your body clock is not accustomed to the different time zone, you should push it to adjust to the current sleeping and waking times. You should try your best to sleep during night time and stay awake during the day. You can start doing this while on the plane to your destination—if it’s night, try to get some shut-eye. During the day, you can take caffeine to help you stay awake, but make sure that you don’t take it six hours before sleeping time; you also need to sleep easier at night.

Step 3:  Pop the pills.

As jet lag is considered a sleeping disorder, medication can also be prescribed by your doctor to help you with jet lag. You can be given Non-benzodiazepines and Benzodiazepines to assist you in sleeping for some nights in your new time zone. You can also try taking Melatonin (3-5 mg.) at the time you need to sleep for easier catching of Zs.

One of the downsides to traveling cross-country, over different time zones, is jet lag. You need your body to adjust to the new settings, and it feels bad as well. But you can prevent this from happening; just give your body clock a hand in adjusting to the new time zone.

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  1. tyleracesall says:

    try to synchronize your body along with the timezone of your destination country.

    If you arrive at the destination country at day time try your best to stay awake.
    Normally, our body has its way of reacting to sunlight, so try to expose yourself to more sunlight or artificial light if you have to stay in.
    It also helps to be armed with a chewing gum that has eucalyptus flavor, it can help awaken your senses and help you be on the ball.
    A healthy ammount of caffeine intake never fails to keep us from falling asleep, but avoid drinking coffee 6 hours before bedtime.

    If it’s night time, help yourself to fall asleep. You can read a book, this will help you take your mind off things around you. It would help if it’s a boring book because that would eventually make you fall asleep. If you can get a massage, that’d be better because massage helps us to relax and calm down and hence lull ourself to dreamland.
    You can also bring sleeping pills with you that have no addictive effects.

  2. potrish78 says:

    Before Flying:
    Prevention of jet lag starts even before your scheduled flight. Make sure you are fit to fly. Avoid traveling with a cold or fever as traveling by air can aggravate this condition. Arrange everything to make a worry-free trip. If you travel stressed, worried or tired, expect a worse jet lag.

    While on the plane:
    Ensure you drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol or drinks with caffeine. Drinking plenty of water while flying can reduce jet lag.

    Arriving at your destination:
    When you arrive at your destination during the day then spend your time outside as much as you can. This will help you adjust to the new time zone. Tiring yourself out during the day will help you sleep well at night.

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