EXPERT ADVICE ON COPING WITH JET LAG
WHEN PLANNING YOUR NEXT VACATION, CONSIDER THESE TIPS ON HOW TO TIME-ZONE HOP WITH YOUR HEALTH INTACT
“JET LAG AFFECTS EVERYONE DIFFERENTLY, WITH COMPLAINTS RANGING FROM FEELING IRRITABLE AND EXHAUSTED TO CLUMSY AND SLOW.”
— Michael Breus, PhD
These symptoms are a sign the body’s circadian rhythm is out of whack. You’re awake when you’re usually sleeping and sleeping when you're typically awake.
when it comes to combating jet lag. Eastbound travel is tougher on your body.
TAKES ONE HOUR PER DAY TO READJUST
TAKES ONE-AND-A-HALF DAYS TO READJUST
WEST IS BEST
WHAT REALLY WORKS FOR JET LAG
Before you pack, consider the steps you can take to minimize the impact of traveling through multiple time zones on your body.
Get a good night's sleep before your trip to help you cope with the loss of rest. Calm pre-trip jitters by not leaving preparations to the last minute.
Bring a bottle of water on your flight. Dry air dehydrates the body and causes fatigue and irritable feelings.
Upon arrival at your destination, get as much direct sunlight as possible. It’s a powerful way to reset your internal clock.
Eat meals when locals dine, even if you’re not hungry. Eating on a schedule will help shift your biorhythm.
WHAT DOESN'T WORK FOR JET LAG
Alcohol can make jet lag even worse.
Even if you're exhausted when you arrive, don't nap.
Don't sit at the back of the plane. The tail bounces from turbulence.