When traveling over different timezones jet lag can be hard to avoid. While our bodies are smart little things, it can take some time for our circadian rhythms to adjust, in the meantime keeping us wide awake when it’s late at night and making us want to crawl into bed in the middle of the day.
I keep the following arsenal in mind when trying to fight jet lag, because that is one travel accessory I don’t want to carry.
1. Stay hydrated – water is your friend and although tempting, avoid stimulants like caffeine and alcohol which will only end up sabotaging your chances of proper sleep.
2. Eat light – when your body is working hard to find it’s new rhythm the last thing it needs is to process a large heavy meal as well. Take it easy on your tummy.
3. Take advantage of power naps – Keep naps between 30 minutes to an hour to recharge enough energy to stay awake until you can get a good night’s rest. Anything over an hour can leave you feeling sluggish.
4. Prep ahead – Ease into your new timezone by adjusting your bedtime several days before your trip so the change isn’t as drastic.
5. Set the time – change the time on your watch, laptop or phone to the time of your destination as you board the plane. Fake it til you make it right?
Do you have any tips or tricks to avoid jet lag? What’s the biggest timezone difference you’ve experienced?