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How to prevent jet lag

Racking up the frequent flier miles? These easy tips minimizes jet-lag for the jet-setters among us.

  • How to prevent jet lag
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Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that happens when one travels quickly across more than two time zones. The more time zones you cross mean the more lethargic you feel. It takes approximately one day for the body to recover for each time zone crossed. Jet lag is not ideal as it impairs decision-making capability, something to avoid especially if you’re traveling for work. Below are 6 tips to help with jet lag.

  1. Set your watch to the time of your destination when you board the plane and adhere to the time of your destination. This allows your body to naturally adjust when you get to your destination.
  2. Eat easy-to-digest light meals on the flight – stay away from high fat and anything heavy in animal protein. This prevents indigestion and any potential sleep disruption when you reach your destination.
  3. Stay hydrated – Avoid alcohol on the plane and stay off caffeine – both are dehydrating and can impair sleep.
  4. Take in sunlight. If you arrive during the day, plan on going outside and getting sunlight. Vitamin D exposure allows you to more naturally acclimate to the current time zone. If you have to nap do so for only 20 minutes – any longer might throw off your schedule.
  5. Move more. Take walks in the plane to stretch to get your blood flowing in order to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
  6. Minimize distractions. Pack earplugs and an eye mask if you’re going to be sleeping on the plane. Tell the stewardess not to disturb you in order to prevent sleep disruption. Noise-canceling headphones can block out crying babies and noisy passengers.

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