Often referred to a condition described as “extreme tiredness and other effects felt by a person after a long flight across different time zones”, jet lags are tiring conditions which are characterized by lack of sleep as well the internal body routine of the traveler going completely haywire. There are however, certain proven ways in which one can avoid this torturous condition:
Teaching the body to adapt
One should practice getting the body to function according to the time zone of the place one is about to visit. Getting up or falling asleep according to the future time zone one is going to inhabit in place of the present time zone one can go a long way to ensure that the body is gradually allowed to adjust its various process instead of forcing one’s habits to change by a single jolt.
Creating the ambience of sleep
One of the main reasons for jet lag is a lack of sleep on the flight. Thus, a traveler can make sure that his or her daily quota of sleep is fulfilled by imitating the conditions the body is used to at home. Travelling with a comfortable travel pillow and eye masks can help of course. One can also reduce the temperature of the vents overhead at the flights in order to create an even more inviting ambience for the body to go to sleep.
However hard it sounds, one should aim for a bit of exercise on reaching the hotel or the final destination instead of just trying to go to sleep. Even a 30 minute walk can wonders in helping the body to go to sleep.
Minimizing caffeine and alcohol intake
It has been scientifically proven that caffeine and alcohol intake can disrupt the sleep inducing faculties of the body. Since these are also known to dehydrate the body, it is best to avoid these and quench one’s thirst by increasing the amount of water intake.
Increasing carbohydrates and protein content of meals
It has been proven that a diet rich in carbohydrates and protein content can help in inducing sleep and thus should be taken in greater portions while on the flight.
Taking a bath
Taking a shower can be a great way in relaxing the nerves and helping the body fall asleep while on a flight as well as on reaching one’s destination.
Though many people consider flying eastwards causes more jet lags than flying westwards, this is yet to be proven.
Time of flight
It is largely agreed that day flights are less prone to jet lags than night flights, which of course is an important reason for more airliners choosing to create more day flight options for their travelers.
With a bit of help and practice one can protect against the painful symptoms of jet lag which include a lack of sleep and concentration, nausea fatigue as well as insomnia.