Jet lag can really put a damper on your trips, but believe it or not, there are ways to help prevent it! Below are seven tips that will help your body prepare for the time change and keep you feeling great during your entire flight. From staying hydrated to munching on celery sticks, these recommendations can help combat jet lag and erase its symptoms before you even arrive at your destination! You should enjoy every minute of your vacations, so don't let jet lag take that away from you!
1. Start Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Gradually
If you're not traveling super last minute, you can definitely prepare for the time change in advance by adjusting your sleeping schedule by an hour every night before your trip. If you're headed west, stay up an hour later than usual, and if you're headed east, get to bed an hour earlier than usual.
2. Reset Your Clocks as Soon as You Board
Time changes do a number on your body, but it's also very much a mental game. The moment you've boarded your plane, set your clocks to the time zone of your arrival city. Mentally, you'll be able to start adjusting more quickly than waiting until you've arrived to sync up your clocks.
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3. Invest in a Homeopathic Tablet
No-Jet-Lag, amongst a plethora of other homeopathic medicines, can help your body skip jet lag all together. With no side effects and taking the approach that "the body can heal itself", these types of tablets are completely safe to use.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Dehydration is a major accomplice of jet lag, so make sure you're drinking up before, during, and after your flight. Even if you don't feel thirsty, it's important to drink more water than usual when flying to help combat dehydration.
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5. Keep Your Naps at 30 Minutes or Less
Unless you're taking a redeye flight, you want to keep your napping (both during the flight and after the flight) to a minimum. If you must take a nap, limit it to thirty minutes or less to keep your body from becoming confused and messing with your sleep cycle.
6. Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol does just the opposite of hydrating your body. It also has a much stronger effect at a high altitude, which you inevitably find yourself at during a flight. Skip it. We promise it will be worth it once you land at your destination.
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7. Eat Lightly
Heavy protein-based and sugary meals are a major no-no when you're going to be traveling for a long time in the air. Instead, stick to light snacking. Ginger chews and celery both have excellent reputations for calming the nervous system and digestive system while traveling.