Guide to Fight Jet Lag, What to Do And What Not

Travelling is an exciting hobby and invokes a refreshing feeling.  Visiting to different places and exploring their cultures is a fascinating venture to dive into. Nevertheless, the journey quite often takes a toll on the traveller(s). This “toll” is none other than jet lag.

Jet lag which in medical terms is known as “desynchronosis” is a situation when an individual experiences altered sleeping routines due to change in body clock from moving to a different time zone from long hours of journey.


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There are many myths and wrong premonitions concerning how to fight jet lag. Here are some guides on how to actually beat it, as per Mumbai Mirror and NHS Choices.

Prior to the travel

  1. Eat and Sleep according to the destination

In order to get accustomed to the local time of the place you’re travelling to, try to change your eating and sleeping accordingly a week before your travelling day.

  1. Get good sleep

Before starting with your travelling don’t be a miser on your slumber. Try getting as much good sleep you can get and stay completely rested. This will help you to adjust to the local time of the destination you’re flying to and not feel ill.

  1. Don’t give into fatigue

Before boarding the flight don’t engage into prolonged sitting or be slothful. Try and remain as much active as you can. Shift in your place and try stretching quite frequently even when you’re on board as this will help in improved blood blow and make you feel less lazy.

  1. Eat healthy

On the travelling day and even after reaching your destination try to consume a healthy meal containing lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.

At the plane

  1. Drink properly

Making the right choices of drink is very important while you’re on board. Therefore, go for plain water and herbal tea while completely avoid caffeine or alcoholic beverages because they can intervene into your sleeping routines.

  1. Try to relax if not sleep

Keep the correct conditions you need and want to get some sleep. Read books, or watch movies or listen to light music while having ear plugs and eyeshades in handy, so that when you feel tired and drowsy you can just stop with your activities and doze off.

  1. Don’t take sleeping pills

Sleeping pills doesn’t help you adjust to the changed time zones, therefore avoid consuming them and try to get sleep through natural processes.

After reaching your destination

  1. Get some ‘anchor sleep’

Anchor sleep or the prevention of minimum of four hours of sleep during the local night time is believed to be required for you to adapt to the new timing. Short naps during the day time for a few hours, however helps a lot.

  1. Get exposed to daylight

It is said that revelation to sunlight helps you to adapt your body clock according to the time zone. Therefore, revelation to sunlight while you’re in the destination will help you to adapt to the local time zones easily.

  1. Change your clock

Once reaching your destination change your clock’s timing as per the local time as soon as possible to help yourself adjust easily and faster. Additionally, don’t keep on brooding over your home’s local time as it will only make it difficult for you to adapt to the new local time.

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