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Jet lag remedies that actually work!

If you are not a stranger to long flights, you know that jet lag can be an absolute pain in the derrière. We all know the feeling, and while there is no easy fix to this problem, we have scoured the internet for several tried & true jet lag remedies that actually work. 

1) Timing is everything

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Adapting to your new time zone before departing could very well tip the scales in your favour when you actually reach your destination. According to Steven Brass, a California-based neurologist, ‘For every time zone change, it takes on average one day to adapt.’ 

By this measure, you will have to adjust your schedule to the destination several days before departure. Yes, it is challenging. But if you know you’ll be three hours ahead, start three days before. That means slightly shifting the time you go to bed, the time you wake up, and mealtime, if possible.

How to do this? Well, for starters, you could time zone for your new destination to your phone’s clock so you can start living it. Doing this will enable you to hit the ground feeling well adjusted and relaxed – or at least, more adjusted than you would be otherwise.

All in all, it is a great way to make sure you spend less time trudging through your dream destination like a zombie. 

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

9/10


2) Keep drinking…water

jet lag - Drink water

Take it from us; staying hydrated is probably the best way to beat jet lag. We are not saying it is the only way, but it definitely works well in reducing the severity of jet lag.

So, make a mental note to bring your reusable water bottle & hydrate constantly. Flying and travelling, in general, will dehydrate you, and when that happens, you become cranky, tired, irritated and hungry. 

Drinking water before you travel, during travel, and when you arrive will help you feel more energetic, sleep better, and eat less.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

8.5/10


3) Make way for melatonin

jet lag - Melatonin

There is no better jet lag supplement than melatonin. According to several neurologists, you can take as little as 0.5 milligrams of melatonin at bedtime, and it will, quite possibly, work wonders. 

This does not happen to be the definite rule, though. You can also consider taking one to three milligrams for the first three nights in a new destination. 

If you do, take it 30 minutes before bedtime for the best sleep.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

9.5/10


4) Say ‘no’ to booze

jet lag - no booze

Say it with folks. ‘Alcohol puts you to sleep, but it will not help you stay asleep.’ 

Therefore, it is a solid take that you should cut back on the number of drinks, at least until you are out of the woods. 

In this case, the metaphorical “woods” would be the flight, so what I’m saying is – don’t even think of touching that bottle until you’ve landed. Nobody wants to fly halfway across the world and feel hopelessly plagued by jet lag.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

7.5/10


5) Soak up the sunshine

jet lag - Sunshine

A good dose of sunshine is a great way to adjust your circadian rhythms. So, don’t underestimate what a good walk in the park can do for you just yet! 

Anyways, here’s a piece of information you’ll find helpful: If you’re going east, across fewer than six time zones, you will have to expose yourself to morning light at the destination. And when you’re going west, across fewer than six time zones, you’ll need the afternoon light exposure— which means you’ll have to hang out outside; as much as possible!

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

7.9/10


6) Don’t tie your legs up

Jet lag

Not getting up from your seat during your flight takes a toll on you. Sure, you need to get some sleep and adjust to the time zone, but moving around in-flight during waking hours is a good idea.

The science behind this is that the less you move, the less blood flows, meaning you will feel lethargic when you finally land.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

6/10


7) Dinner is off the table

jet lag - Light dinner

Well, not really. However, eating light does tremendously help. The menu might look like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but a heavy dinner can make things difficult when you are trying to get that much-needed snooze.

The best solution to this predicament is arranging a hearty breakfast and lunch, leaving dinner as light as a feather. Take it from us; you do not want to be tossing and turning after a heavy meal when every minute of your sleep counts.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

8/10


8) Hit the gym

jet lag - Gym

That is right, do not even think of skipping the gym. Personally, I think this is one of the best ways to wear off any fatigue or jet lag left in your body. 

So, consider stopping by the gym when you land or going for a run – it is a great way to sightsee and stop your jet lag in its tracks. Talk about a double win, right?

Plus, if you have a routine that you used to follow back at home – let’s say exercising at 8 AM – try to follow that up at your new location as well. Mimicking the same routine helps keep things in check.

Possibility of this jet lag remedy working:

9/10


9) Go see a doctor

Jet lag - Doctor

Jet lag usually wears off in about two to four days; if you still feel like a crumpled-up piece of paper, consider it an arrowhead leading to the hospital. The faster, the better – might I also add. The sooner you pass the usual cut off day – it is wise to get help from a doctor. After all, you can’t miss out on what is probably the best time of your life just because of a temporary sleep problem!

Well, that is all for now! Hope at least one of these remedies work for you. Quick note, though – we happen to have a new set of flight offers at various rates. So, if you are planning on taking off, you can always check in with us to make sure you are getting the best deal on your next flight.

Stay safe, folks!

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