How to Beat Jet Lag
If you’ve ever traveled across time zones you know that jet lag can be debilitating and can influence your normal circadian rhythm making you tired too early in the day or causing you to wake up too early in the morning. Here are the best tricks to keep your body clocking ticking.
Drink lots of water
Hydrate before, during, and after the flight! Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of jet lag, so drink as much as possible. How to know if you’re drinking enough: Keep downing water so that you’re visiting the bathroom once an hour. After you pass through TSA security buy a bottle of water ( or bring an empty one from home) and ask the flight attendant to fill it for you. Avoid alcohol as it does the opposite of hydration.
Adjust to the new time immediately
Set your watch to the time of your destination the moment you take off and try to eat, and sleep accordingly. This mental trick helps make you feel as if you’re already acclimated to the new time.
Don’t nap upon arrival
Don’t take a quick nap upon arrival, no matter how tired you are, push through it and stay awake. Try to stay awake until 9pm local time the first two nights. Your internal clock should adjust within 48hrs.
Go outside upon arrival
One of the best ways to sync your body to the new time zone is to go outside for a walk to envelop yourself in the natural light. Your body will begin to “read” what time it is. Some say try to go barefoot in a park for about 20 minutes. Getting your bare feet on earth will help discharge the static charge that built up in you on the plane, which will allow your cells to recharge with healthy energy.