MOST travellers try to make the most of their time overseas, yet fail to consider the leap in time zones they make in a matter of hours.
It can take your body’s internal clock several days to catch up to that leap and in the meantime, you’re likely to experience the disruption of your sleeping and waking cycle known as jet lag.
Symptoms of jet lag include sleepiness during the day, insomnia at night, poor concentration, confusion, hunger at inappropriate times or lack of appetite and general malaise and irritability.
Check out RTN’s top five tips to fight jet lag.
1. Adjust your internal clock.
Several days (at least four) before departure, gradually shift your sleeping and eating times to coincide with those at your destination. Once you arrive, adopt the local time for your daily routine.
2. Opt for overnight flights.
You’ll have dinner at a normal time and be much more likely to sleep than on an afternoon flight. Depending on the length of the flight and the number of time zones you cross, you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning or afternoon.
3. Curtail coffee.
For 12 hours before – as well as during – your flight, avoid overeating and caffeine. Although caffeine can help keep you awake longer, it makes you wake up more often once you do fall asleep and so reduces total sleep time.
4. Stay hydrated.
Drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air—even if you don’t feel thirsty.
5. Avoid or limit alcohol inflight.
Cabin air dehydrates passengers, and altitude changes can quicken the effects of alcohol. A cocktailmay relax you, but it’s also apt to dry you out and even worsen symptoms of jet lag.