I fly a lot, so much that I even get congratulatory letters from carriers I’ve used on how many frequent flier miles I’ve accumulated. This tells me that despite what I believe, I fly more than I originally believed I did.
You would think that I suffer from jet lag a lot, especially considering that I take a lot of international flights, which means constantly crossing time zones. If you do think that, you would be wrong, because I have not experienced jet lag in over 20 years. I had a really bad case of jet lag from an international flight, and I was all but completely incapacitated for a few days. From then on, I made it my mission to never suffer from jet lag again. If you think there are secrets to pulling this off, you are right in a way. The things that I do are not really secrets, but just simple things that people do not take into account when flying. If you do these things, it is likely that you can get all the jet you want with none of the lag.
Although it might be easier said than done, considering the preparations you have to go through in order to fly these days, get a decent amount of sleep before you fly. Whether day or night flight, get a solid block of sleep before you take off.
Exercising is not just good for overall health and well-being, but for prevention of jet lag as well. If you are not exercising regularly, you should start, and when you are going to be flying, you should do some exercise before and after your flight. It does not have to be a rigorous session, but getting some workout in will do wonders for you.
Drink the water and pass on the drinks. You need water in order to stay properly hydrated. Sure, flying can be a drag, and having a drink or several drinks may be your idea of stress relief or a way to put yourself to sleep so you’re not bored out of your mind, but alcohol is not recommended while flying. Other beverages such as tea (especially green tea) can help you out tremendously. Alcohol dehydrates you, so stay away from the bar before your fly and pass on those in-flight drinks.
You can also supplement yourself so you have boosts in vitamins, antioxidants, and other substances. Ginseng, Vitamin C, and Rhodiola rosea are all good for combatting symptoms of jet lag. Another is melatonin, which is naturally produced by the body at night, which causes drowsiness and helps your body to sleep. There are melatonin supplements as well, but remember to take these in low doses.
All of these things I have mentioned above will help reduce your risk of getting jet lag at all, and at the very least, the severity of the symptoms will be reduced along with the recovery time needed to get your body’s internal clock back in sync so you can get on with your business or pleasure when you arrive at your destination.