Easy ways to minimise jet lag
If you regularly fly long distances, the following simple tips will help you to arrive at your destination with good energy levels, minimising jetlag.
1. Feast the day before you fly, starve on the day itself. You’ll have seen the effects of pressure on a plastic water bottle at high altitude. This pressure will make your stomach feel bloated and uncomfortable if it’s full of food. Have no carbohydrates before or during your flight. Eat small amounts often, rather than one big meal. Choose salads, fruits, fish; anything easily digestible.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink plenty of water and minimise alcohol intake. I know, boring – but alcohol is a de-hydrater and will make you feel less energised when you arrive at your destination.
3. Exercise. Get up and walk around regularly. This helps circulation and combats jetlag. It also helps your muscles from cramping and can lessen risk of DVT.
4. Sleep. i) You may find it easier to try to adjust to the time zone you are heading into by changing the time you go to bed by an hour a day before you leave. ii) On your flight sleep for intervals of approximately 90 minutes; for instance, get 3 hours, 4.5 hours or six hours. iii) Wear an eye-shield and ear-pads if it helps. iv) If you live somewhere where melatonin is available, a capsule can be a perfect aid to a restful sleep and will help you adjust to the new time zone.
5. To avoid picking up airborne colds/bugs, put a few drops of lavender and tea tree oil on a tissue or handkerchief. They are naturally antibiotic/antibacterial and the lavender will help you snooze!