Going on a trip somewhere with a considerable change in the hour can take its toll on your body. If you’ve ever experienced jet lag before you know the feeling. You feel cloudy in the head, overly exhausted when everyone else is awake and totally awake when everyone else is sleeping. It can turn your entire inner clock inside out and depending on the severity, even make you sick.
In order to be able to enjoy your trip to a different time zone, you’ll have to battle jet lag and come out victorious. So here are some of the best ways to beat jet lag and have a fantastic vacation.
Prepare Yourself For It
Mentally preparing yourself for the change in time zone will help your body anticipate the shock. That means once you choose your flight, start getting yourself ready for how you’re going to map things out.
Make sure that you take care of all your pending to-dos before setting off so that you don’t have to deal with the added pressure of having to remember things like paying your mortgage while abroad and suffering from jetlag.
Note what the local time will be when you arrive at your destination and how you’re going to get to your accommodations. If you arrive with your internal body clock all backward then you aren’t going to be in your clearest state of mind. Make sure that you get all of your ducks in a row before you arrive rather than when you get there.
Sleep On The Plane
Hopefully, the flight that you arrange will be a red-eye scheduling you to arrive in the morning at your new destination. This way you can take advantage of adjusting your body to the new time zone as soon as you step foot on the plane.
Sleeping during the flight will show your body that it is now nighttime even though it may feel like day. You may have an interrupted sleep, but what’s important is that you start to introduce to your body its new schedule.
Force Yourself To Adjust Immediately
You may want to allow yourself some wiggle room during the first few days at your new destination. It may be 11 in the morning and you think that a nap will be harmless. However, you may just find yourself waking up at 8 pm that evening totally discombobulated wondering where your day went.
Therefore, force yourself to stay awake or go to bed from day one. This ensures that you will adjust much faster. The more slack that you allow yourself, the longer you’ll stay jetlagged. Stay strict and it will pay off.
Get a Prescription Sleep-Aid If Necessary
Some people have more stubborn bodies than others. Try as you might to sleep on the plane, you’re awake and there’s nothing you can do about it.
In cases like these, you should talk to your doctor about prescribing you something to help you sleep.