Jet lag is extreme tiredness and confusion along with other physical effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones!
Here we highlight a few tried and tested ways you can help fight jet lag or at least make yourself less prone to suffering from it.
These tips have been suggested by experienced flyers:
1. Adapt to your new schedule while in flight.
2. During your flight you should try to sleep according to your destination time.
3. Stay Hydrated.
4. Try to move around during your flight.
5. Avoid Alcohol or Caffeine a few hours before you plan to sleep.
6. Plan your sleep and rest according to your destination.
7. Consider Melatonin –a lot of pilots use this—(Melatonin regulates sleep-wake cycle.)
8. Try natural light therapy – at your destination.
On Westbound flights, get bright morning light at your new destination.
On Eastbound flight, avoid morning light at your destination, the light helps to shift your body’s circadian rhythm.
9. Avoid heavy exercise after a flight.
10. Avoid heavy meals on board—some airlines offer options of light meals – choose them prior to your flight.
Sincere advice by an experienced pilot: The best way to counter jet lag, in his experience, is to get proper rest and hydrate. The body needs time to adapt and adjust.
Consult your doctor prior to taking Melatonin.