My Secret Jet Lag Cure 9 More Helpful Tips To Recover From A Flight

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We've all been there - adjusting to a new time zone with headaches, nausea, disorientation, insomnia or exhaustion. I witnessed the effects of jet lag the other night. What I do is to stay awake for most of the trip, only taking a short nap of one or two hours about four hours before arriving in Europe. The same is true when I fly to the west coast unless my trip lasts three days or less.

Kiki Ward — a flight attendant based out of Detroit and creator of the flight attendant job advice website — says that even when she's a passenger on an airplane, if she drinks alcohol, then she alternates each cocktail or glass of wine with a glass of water.

In order to adjust faster to the new time zone you could take melatonin as a medicine. I can never sleep well on a plane, but I'll try pills next time, I think. Choose your flight wisely If we fly long-haul Hong Kong - London, we usually prefer to fly overnight, let the kids sleep and then just struggle through the first day after landing at 7am.

Our body clock helps control when we wake and fall asleep, while affecting hunger, mood and blood pressure levels. Jet lag hits those with rigid body clocks the hardest. And because your body is used to sleeping at that time, it is difficult to resist just taking a nap.

Taking a smaller dose of 0.5 mg two to three hours before you're due to go to sleep in the new time zone. So taking it at the time you want to fall asleep promotes the necessary reset of the body's sleep-wake phase and helps your internal clock to adjust to the new time zone.

Given that noon Sydney is 5pm in Los Angeles, and the flight is a bit more than 13 hours long, you should spend no more than the first half of the flight awake. It was certainly easier managing just my jet lag, but after flying with a baby and toddler to several long haul destinations, including The Big One; UK to Australia.

If you arrive late in the afternoon or evening, you must discipline yourself to take a long, hot bath, five minutes for every hour of time change, then cool down and go straight to sleep for the rest of the night. In layman's terms, jet lag is the result of the body's natural circadian rhythms no longer being synchronized to the local time.

We have travelled with our toddler to six different time zones before he turned 3 years old. 3) On the flight home, I get ready for the next day at the office by drafting all my outbound emails and making lists for the next trip, most likely happening a couple of days later.

As well as following tips on exercise, diet, and sleep, it's important to focus on staying relaxed, pushing through, and going about your day as close to normal as possible. But a new study shows that not only is it easier to recover from westward travel, but that hopping over a few time zones might be harder on our body clocks than a larger gap.

However, there are ways to minimise disruption to your sleep patterns and body clock when you travel. Adjust your watch the moment you get on board your flight. You might fall into bed the night feeling exhausted and broken, but a healthy mix of activity and relaxation is exactly what your body needs for the first few days in a new place.

That means you should also try to avoid light on the plane if it's nighttime where you're going. Learn how to prevent jet lag with these 14 tips, for before, during and after the flight. This results in our bodies telling us it is time to sleep, when it's actually the middle of the afternoon, or it makes us want to stay awake when it WBFF is late at night.