Top Tips for Dealing with Jetlag

2 February 2012
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One of the most common setbacks travellers encounter during their overseas adventures is dealing with the effects of jet lag. When travelling on long haul flights across multiple time zones, jet lag is difficult to avoid. So here are some helpful hints we've put together to help you adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible and minimize the inconvenient effects of jet lag.

Change your watch early

 Avoid Jetlag

As soon as you board your flight, change your watch to the local time of your destination, and start eating and sleeping as if you were already there. This will give your body a head start in the adjustment process and make life easier once you arrive.

Avoid alcohol

As alluring as free alcohol on flights can be, try to keep your drink consumption to one or two at the most. Alcohol dehydrates the body which can magnify the effects of jet lag. Instead stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible.

Stretching and exercises

It's important to get up and walk around regularly during your flight as well as doing some stretches and light exercises. This will increase your circulation and generally help you to recover well from the long haul flight.

Only sleep at night

If you arrive at your destination in the daytime, resist all temptation to go to sleep. Light is one of the best cues you can give your biological clock so if you're feeling unbearably tired, try and wake up by going for a walk or jog outdoors rather than having a nap.

We hope these tips come in handy on your next international flight. Don't forget to ask your experienced consultant any further questions you might have about flying. Bon voyage and have a safe flight!

Simon Byrne

Simon Byrne is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. From Piranha fishing in the waterways of Bolivia to exploring ancient tombs in Cambodia, Simon's travels continue to take him to weird and wonderful places, uncovering unique experiences and fascinating local people.