If you like to travel as much as I do, you probably have felt the sting of jet lag at least a few times in your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with it if you don’t want to. Jet lag symptoms can be annoying at least and can often create minor medical issues for some people. The most common symptoms of jet lag are:
- Change in sleep patterns
- Digestive issues
The body is aligned with its environment and when you fly through the different time zones, it throws off your body clock. Flying from west to east is actually more taxing on your body than going from east to west because your body is essentially losing time instead of gaining it. Plus, if you cross more time zones, you’ll have more jet lag.
If you want to avoid jet lag and have more fun in your travels, try these tips to get your mind and body in sync with your new environment:
- Change your bedtime to match your new schedule a few days before you leave.
- Reset your watch as soon as you get to the airport instead of waiting until you arrive.
- Drink a lot of water to make up for the dry air in airplanes. Dehydration can make jet lag even worse.
- Exercise on the flight if you can, using a stress ball, walking the aisles, stretching, and keeping your body active. If you’re flying at night, sleep so that you’re on schedule with your destination.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine because these can increase your dehydration.
- Plan the first day of your vacation for relaxation so that your body can get some rest and adjust to the new schedule better.