5 Simple Ways to Prevent Jet Lag

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?

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  1. Jet lag is horrible. Flying to Europe from where I am is typically an overnight flight and you arrive during the day to your destination. This is great for those who can sleep on a plane. However I can never fall asleep in the air. When possible I like to book a flight that leaves in the morning and arrives in the early evening. Then I can sleep upon arrival since I am exhausted. Then wake up fresh. 🙂 I like to change my clocks too to reset the brain.

  2. Yes to the power naps! I don’t travel much, but the last time I did, totally did a lot of this to adjust and not be so tired.
    Great tips:)

  3. I never used to have a problem with jet lag, but as I’m getting older long flights really take a toll on my body. Unfortunately power naps don’t work for me. I find natural melatonin helps!

  4. These are great tips. We’re going a couple of time zones wet next week which isn’t a big deal for us – but the kids don’t adjust quite so well. I could have used this when we went to Australia a few years ago! 🙂

    1. Aw I didn’t know you came to Australia a few years ago! I hope you loved your trip. Good luck for your trip next week, hopefully the kids resettle well x

    1. That’s the hardest part about flying for me too! And if I do fall asleep it’s not for long. I’ve started taking snacks with me on my last few flights too after a couple of disappointing in-flight meals. It’s soo much better, I think I’ll do it every time from now on just in case.

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