How to Beat Jet Lag

How to Beat Jet Lag
Jet lag occurs when you travel over multiple time zones in a plane. Since this means of travel is relatively quick, your body does not adjust well to the change and you may feel excessively tired, weak or even disoriented. However, this does not have to be the case. There are a number of steps you can take to acclimate your body to a new schedule before, during and after transit on the plane to help beat jet lag.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Prepare your body for the flight and time change. Sleep well the week before your flight and eat healthy. If you feel good and rested before your flight you will feel less tired after it.
Step 2
Take care of yourself on the plane. Drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol. This will keep you hydrated and your body functioning, helping you get past jet lag.
Step 3
Exercise while on the plane. If you take a long flight try to get up and walk up and down the aisle to exercise your legs. On shorter flights, or if you are unable to get up, flex your feet, pointing your toes. This will exercise your calf muscles. Moving around during a flight will help to avoid the weakness component of jet lag.
Step 4
Adjust to the schedule of your destination immediately. No matter how tired you are, do not sleep until it is time to go to bed. Try to stay up until 11 p.m. if possible. Getting on the proper sleeping schedule will go a long way to cure you of jet lag or to help you avoid it.

Tips & Warnings

 
It can take your body up to a week to adjust fully to the time difference. Give yourself at least a day of rest to let your body catch up.
 
It can take your body up to a week to adjust fully to the time difference. Give yourself at least a day of rest to let your body catch up.

Article Written By Sarah Morse

Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.

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