Traveling by plane has its highs and lows, and it also has a similar effect on your internal clock when you cross time zones. A long flight into a far-off country can be taxing on you as it is (from sitting in one spot for hours), but so does suddenly being eight-hours in the “future” when you arrive in your destination.
Jet lag can disrupt your vacation and more importantly, can cause problems when you try and return to a regular work/sleep schedule when you return home. Those who travel for business often may have already found their own ways of coping, but here are 6 ways to combat jet fatigue during and after the flight…
1. Consider Staying Awake During the Flight
It’s very tempting to have a snooze on a long flight, from fatigue or even boredom, but it’s not always in your best interest to get some shut-eye in the air. Forbes magazine notes that if you’re going to a destination that will be daytime when you arrive, you should avoid sleep and use the time in the air to relax and get some work done.
The magazine suggests you can help this process by putting “yourself on the timezone of your destination”, meaning you should go to bed earlier if you’re planning to fly east, and do the opposite if heading west. The article suggests starting this cycle several days before your flight if possible.