#Travel140 Travel Tips
Ask anyone who’s taken a long-haul flight: Jet Lag is real. The struggle to find a fix is real, too, and there are as many travel tips as there are frequent fliers. Many of them are questionable, at best, but most will work to some degree for some people, some of the time.
We asked medical professionals for their advice, and to explain just what Jet Lag is. When you cross time zones faster than your body can adjust, it confuses your body. Your Circadian Rhythm gets, well, out of rhythm. Once you’ve stopped moving, it takes about a day per time zone to adjust when you are traveling west, and a day and a half when going east.
In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” What we need is an Anti-Jet Lag Strategy.
Like a Boy Scout: Be Prepared
Step one in fighting Jet Lag starts a few days before your trip. Adjust your sleep and eating schedules to match the times at your destination. If you’re flying east, start going to bed and getting up and hour earlier each day. Do the same thing, but make it an hour later each day if you’ll be going west. Don’t forget to adjust meal times, too.
Sleep Right, Sleep Tight
The more rested you are before you fly, the less a lack of sleep will affect you afterwards. Avoid anything you know will affect your sleep, like stress or late coffee breaks. Naps might seem like a good idea, but make sure they don’t end up keeping you awake all night.
That’s good advice anytime, but dehydration actually intensifies Jet Lag. While you’re traveling, avoid caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrate you. Avoid heavily processed food, as well. Stick to healthy snacks and meals, and decaffeinated green tea, which can help prevent Jet Lag.
Have you tried these Anti-Jet Lag remedies? We’d love to hear your travel tips and tricks to arrive refreshed and ready to go! You can share them in the comments, and we’ll re-post the best. Be sure to include your Twitter handle and a link to your blog, if you have one! Or click for more #Travel140!