Travel can be stressful, whether it’s part of your job or how you begin and finish a family vacation. Crossing multiple time zones, combined with being in unfamiliar places, sleeping in strange beds and eating on a different schedule can take their toll. Not to mention flight cancellations, delays and lost luggage.
Here are some suggestions to stay healthy and minimize the effects of jet lag:
- Starting three or four days before your departure, gradually shift your sleeping and eating times to match those of your upcoming destination.
- try to travel at night. By flying during the evening, you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning or afternoon, making it easier to reset your body’s internal clock.
- Avoid coffee. Before and during your flight, avoid overeating and drinking caffeinated beverages, which often interfere with normal sleep cycles.
- Drink plenty of water. To maintain low humidity when the cabin is pressurized, moisture is continually being removed. The result? Headaches, dry lips, problems with contact lenses. Avoid alcohol, which can further dehydrate you.
- When you arrive at your destination, try to get outside into the sunshine. This helps your pituitary gland reset your circadian rhythm and adapt to the local day and night cycle.
Oh, and be sure to send us a postcard describing the scenery you’re enjoying and all the fun you’re having!