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Jet Lag Prevention

January 15, 2016

Woman with Jet LagWhen you’re flying across time zones, it can take your body a bit of time to adjust. In the meantime, you're graced with unpleasant ailments like fatigue, insomnia, confusion, and more - enough to send you frantically searching for a jet lag cure. Fortunately, there are some effective things you can do to either prevent jet lag or to aid your recovery from jet lag once it sets in.

  • Prepare your body for the change. Every week, push your schedule one hour back or forward, depending on where you're going. The more time zones you're flying across, the earlier you'll need to start. This will give your body a chance to gradually adjust to your new time zone
  • Stay Hydrated.  On the day of your flight, drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is one of the symptoms of jet lag, and the dry, cabin air on the plane doesn't help. Stay away from any beverages with alcohol or caffeine in them, as the side effects of dehydration can do more harm than good
  • Set your watch to the time at your destination as soon as you begin your flight. This helps you to mentally prepare for the new time zone
  • Sleep (or stay awake) like you're already there. If it's daylight at your destination, try to avoid sleeping on the plane.[3] If it's nighttime at your destination when you're on the plane, try to sleep. Use earplugs, eye shades, and turn on the air-conditioning valve( Cooler temperatures may help you to fall asleep faster