Dealing with jet lag

Dealing with jet lag is something international travellers have been trying to conquer since air travel was invented.

Well we will give you some tips and advice on not only to get over jet lag, but also more importantly how to reduce the chances of getting it all together.

When dealing with jet lag we must first understand the why and how. Why we get it and the causes of it.

We get jet lag due to our body’s routines being thrown into all sorts of chaos, sleeping, eating, exercising, working, they are all routines and a long flight simply disturbs all of that.

That is the simple version of why without going into all the medical mumbo jumbo.

The cause is when we cross different time zones and a general rule of thumb is it takes one day to recover for each time zone we cross.

Anyway, you just want to know about dealing with jet lag, don’t you?

These pieces of advice are also a mixture of what to do prior to flying and whilst in the air and if adopted it will certainly help which will allow for a much better holiday and return home.

Dealing with jet lag doesn't have to be an issue

Make sure you arrive at your destination with the best chance to avoid jet lag. That includes not landing during the night like this flight.

Dealing with jet lag top 10 tips:

1. Relax before you’re on holidays

Getting ready for your flight can be a hectic experience with all the packing, making sure the booking was made etc. However, it is possibly the most underrated thing to do prior to your flight. Relax and don’t run around like a mad person in the days leading up to your holiday, a stress free and relaxed period for a couple of days prior to the flight is key.

2. Sleep before you fly

The biggest mistake people make before flying is trying to tire themselves out and not sleep the night before. It won’t make a difference trying to adjust to the new time zone so late, it will only do more damage when dealing with jet lag. Make sure you have a good night sleep the night prior and you will wake up feeling energized and ready to go.

3. Should I take sleeping pills?

I have tried these once and I’m not a big fan. That is unless you already use them. For me it’s a bad idea and realistically they weren’t worth it. What I didn’t know until after the fact is, they can hinder your recovery too. Try and get some sleep the natural way, possibly take some herbal tea bags with you.

4. Plan your arrival time

The worst possible time to arrive is at night. It will be difficult to get to sleep straight away and you will pay for it the next day. Try and arrive with as much daylight as possible so you can get out and about and stretch the legs. It also gets the body clock going.

5. Drink lots of water

This is another big key. Don’t underestimate it. If you’re an avid drinker of things like coffee, soda and/or energy drinks, give them the boot the day of flying, during the flight and the day you arrive. They have a detrimental influence on our ability to sleep. Jet lag is partially due to dehydration too so drink lots of water.

6. Steer clear of the bar

This goes with tip #5. We know, having a quick drink prior to your flight or one or two whilst on the flight sounds like a good idea, however it’s not. If you’re looking to beat jet lag, then steer clear of the bar. As mentioned, drink water, save the alcohol if needed while you’re on the best holiday ever, trust me it will be worth it.

7. Change the time

On your smart phone or watch, make sure you change the time when you board the plane to whatever time your destination is. This way when you look at the clock your letting your brain know what time your body clock needs to get used to.

WARNING: Please do not do this prior to your flight, only do this when you board, that is unless you want to miss your flight!

8. Move your body!

During the flight you need to remain active, particularly on the long haul flights. I recommend getting up out of your seat once every hour that you’re awake on the flight. Simply walk one end of the plane to the other and return to your seat. Toilet breaks can be considered as your flight exercise too. You can do stretches as well which helps circulation and reduces the risk of DVT.

9. Get some exercise

These last two tips are for when you land. Number nine is certainly get some exercise in on the day you arrive. It could be a case of walking around a park, going for a jog or hiring a bike and seeing some sights. This will get the legs moving and active which will pay dividends the following day.

10. Get in the sun

Hopefully you have picked a location that has plenty of sun. Getting plenty of vitamin D upon arrival will start your vacation off on the right foot. It makes you feel great and gets your mind in the right gear.

There you are, the top 10 tips for dealing with jet lag from the Melbourne Revealed team. If you have any tips that you would like to share why not drop us a line at info@melbournerevealed.com.

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