One of the downsides of international travel is jet lag. The upsetting of your body’s clock can take up to a week to recover from. This can make you feel tired during the day, and yet unable to sleep at night. Here’s how to cure jet lag for good.
1. Book a flight that allows you to arrive at your destination during early evening.
If you can keep a normal sleep schedule, then your body will adjust to the local time zone much more quickly. It’s easier to do this if you arrive in the evening and not in the morning.
2.Take A Melatonin Supplement
Melatonin is a natural hormone that is made by your body’s pineal gland. Taking a melatonin supplement works very well to tell your brain that it’s time to sleep. On average, it takes about thirty minutes to kick in, so take it a half hour before you plan to go to sleep.
Dehydration is one of the main things that can cause jet lag. Make sure you drink plenty of water during and after your flight. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these substances will dehydrate you and affect your sleep patterns. There are many great tips for traveling more comfortable by air that you can follow, but avoiding dehydration is the most important.
4. Spend Time Outside In Natural Light
Being in natural light will help you to adjust to your new time zone and cure jet lag. Light influences your body’s clock more than anything else. Go to a park, or for a walk, and this will help your body clock to reset.
5. When You Board The Plane, Set Your Watch To Your Destination’s Time Zone
Try to follow the schedule you would in your new time zone when you are on the plane. Carry snacks, so that you can eat at your new meal time, and sleep when you would at your new destination. This will help your body adjust before you even arrive. Bring earplugs and blindfolds which will help you sleep on the plane.
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