Our body is accustomed to a particular body clock, which is set according to our regular working and sleeping pattern. When we travel away from our home to a place with a time zone that is different from the time zone back home, the normal function of our body clock is disrupted. This causes jet lag. Jet lag makes us tired and drowsy. We tend to sleep during the day, remaining awake during the night. Jet lag persists until our body clock readjusts to the local time zone. It might take several days to get rid of the symptoms of jet lag. Jet lag often ruins our vacations. With proper planning, we can easily reduce the duration of the jet lag to 1 or 2 days.
Your flight schedule often determines the extent of your jet lag. There is enough evidence to suggest that flying westwards is less tiresome for air travelers. Try to plan a flight schedule that will involve more daytime flying.
Sleeping in flights
It is quite difficult to sleep while flying. However, you can try to get some quality sleep. Use earplugs to plug your ears, take off your shoes and try to relax.
To avoid dehydration drink plenty of water. You can also have juices, tea and non-alcoholic beverages. Avoid alcoholic drinks while flying. Alcohol causes dehydration, and its intoxicating effect could worsen your jet lag.
It is difficult to exercise inside the flight. Nonetheless, you can walk along the aisle and occasionally stretch yourself while seating.
Anti jet lag diet
The Argonne anti jet lag diet, developed by Argonne National Laboratory, could help travelers to overcome jet lag. First, find out the breakfast time of your destination. You have to start the anti jet lag diet four days before the breakfast time of your destination. The anti jet lag diet follows a feast-fast-feast-fast sequence. On the first day of the anti jet lag diet, have a hearty breakfast and lunch packed with proteins and a lavish carbohydrate spread during dinner. On the second day, have light meals comprising of fruits, salads, soups and juices. On the third day, enjoy hearty meals like the first day of the diet plan. During the first three days of the diet program, caffeinated beverages are allowed only between 3 and 5pm. On the fourth day, have light meals. You can have coffee in the morning or between 6 and 11pm.