I travel a lot, and I mean A LOT. The airplane is practically my second home at this point.
Being away from home is hard enough, but when you cannot even get a proper night’s sleep, that’s just the icing on the very unappealing cake.
Have no fear, there are ways to fight the evil monster that is jet lag !
1) Adjust yourself to the local time
When you land at your destination, adjust your watch, change the time zone in your phone and go about your day as if it’s that time. If it’s lunch time, have a meal. If it’s the middle of the afternoon, take a walk, sightsee, workout, do whatever it is that would resemble a normal day for you. If you go to bed straight after your flight, I can guarantee you will be up in the wee hours of the nigh.
2) Stay hydrated
Your body needs so much water when it’s in an airplane, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. You should drink probably close to 2L of water during a long haul flight. When you land in whichever foreign country you were heading, you will feel ten times better if you hydrated properly during your flight.
3) Have snacks on you at all times
This may seem like a weird tip, but you are in a different time zone and your body will decide it needs food at the weirdest times. If you have something to munch on it will make your energy levels stay stable and you will be able to continue your day.
Physically tiring your body is a great way to be able to catch some Zs at the end of the day. Go for a run, exercise at the hotel gym, walk around the city, town or village you are currently in, do some stretching or yoga in your room; there are many ways you can physically exhaust your body, pick one and fight that jet lag.
5) Read a book or watch a show
If you are laying in bed and you really cannot fall asleep because you’re body believes it’s the middle of the afternoon, one last thing you can do is to read a book or watch some TV. If you are in a foreign country where you do not speak the language, this will be even easier since you won’t be able to concentrate on the TV show or movie and your mind will drift off to lala land.
Those are just a few things that I have found helpful when abroad and trying to fight jet lag.
Let me know if you have any other tips.
Have a great weekend.