Reduce the Impact of Jet Lag
The summer season sees many of us boarding flights in search of sand and sun. Unfortunately, for some of us timezone-crossing can result in jet lag. Jet lag is caused by the interruption of our circadian rhythms, the naturally programmed routines such as eating and sleeping at certain periods of the day. If these circadian rhythms are thrown wildly out of sync, it can result in an inability to sleep at the right time, or a feeling of drowsiness at times when we are required to feel active.
Fortunately, there are certain procedures we can take to minimise the impact of jet lag.
Eat Right Before Your Flight
The day before you are due to fly, try and eat three balanced meals, including a minimum five portions of fruit and vegetables. You should also try and have one portion of protein-rich food such as fish or tofu.
Set Your Watch
Before the flight takes off, set your watch to match the time of your destination. Although the plane will have set meal times, try and keep a snack to eat at “normal” meal times in accordance with the time of your destination.
Pack the Right Hand Luggage
Take an eye mask and pair of ear plugs in your hand luggage. By using the mask and your seat nightlight, you can replicate the time of your destination. Wear the eye mask and ear plugs during the evening hours of your destination, and keep the seat nightlight on during the “daytime” hours.
It is important that your body remains hydrated whilst you travel. Ensure that you consume plenty of water during the flight as remaining hydrated can mobilise your energy levels ready for your arrival. Try and avoid alcohol as this can cause dehydration.
If possible, try and take regular walks up and down the aisle to stretch your legs. You should also try and carry out some simple stretching exercises whilst in your seat; stretch out your legs and point your toes; stretch your arms high above your head.
Eat Right After Your Flight
Once you’ve reached your destination, try and adjust your diet accordingly. High protein meals will boost your energy sources, making you feel much more alert. Try and avoid carbohydrates as these can lead to drowsiness.