It’s summertime, and that means a lot of people are traveling; especially on the 4th of July weekend! Therefore, we thought this would be the best time to share different ways that you can overcome your jet lag woes. There are many natural methods of reducing the overbearing fatigue that jet lag produces. Here are some easy steps you can take to fight off the jet lag before it even happens!
Step One: Plan for the Time Change
In order to get your circadian rhythm in line with the changes in the time zone, it is best to prepare early! During the days before your trip, start adjusting your alarm clock. Push the alarm back 30 to 60 minutes every day in order to naturally align your sleep pattern with the new time zone.
Step Two: Relax Yourself
Jet lag is more likely to occur if your body is in distress before or during your flight. In order to decrease the amount of stress you have, make sure you get your luggage ready in advance. Keep your tickets, passport, and other travel needs all in a certain location so that you don’t run around looking for them two hours before you have to leave. Additionally, we all know how uncomfortable a plane ride can be. Pack things in your carry on that will add more comfort to your flight, such as neck pillows, slippers, etc. Try making a playlist of soft music on your mp3 player. The more relaxed you are before and during the flight, the less severe your jet lag will be.
Step Three: Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration is the number one leading cause of jet lag. In order to stay hydrated enough, make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight. Drinking alcoholic beverages or caffeine during your flight will only help jet lag get the best of you!
Step Four: Don’t Stop Moving!
The feeling of sleepiness often comes because there is a lack of energy in our bodies. Before your big trip, make sure you get in some exercise! Don’t stop moving when you’re on the plane either. Long flights make it easy for people to feel drowsy and lazy, so try to get up every 20-30 and walk up and down the aisle. The circulation in your body will be flowing, which is key to stopping your jet lag!
We hope you found this article helpful, and are having a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!