One of the biggest struggles for frequent flyers (or any traveler who flies), especially those who travel to multiple time zones, is how to handle jet lag. It affects your internal body clock when you shift from one time zone to another, resulting to difficulty in adjusting to a new one. This in turn could heavily affect your eating and sleeping patterns.
That said, below are some tips to avoid, or even beat, jet lag so that it doesn’t become a problem during or after your trip.
1. Adjust to the time zone early.
One way to beat jet lag is by adjusting to the new time zone of the place you are going to in advance. A few days before your flight, start slowly adjusting your sleeping and eating times to match the new time zone. By the time you get to your destination, you should be fully adjusted and jet lag will no longer be a problem.
2. Take some melatonin.
According to Health.com, melatonin “regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle” where the “levels rise after dark, peak overnight, and then fall in the morning.” This means that you need a lot of melatonin at night to help you sleep. You can purchase melatonin as it is also sold as a supplement. Health.com suggests taking some after dark on the day you are traveling and for the next few days after until you have adjusted. However, keep in mind that it is best to consult your doctor before taking melatotin. If you are taking other medications, it may interact with different components and cause side effects.
3. Get some sun.
Try to spend some time under the sun. The amount of sunlight you are exposed to can help your body clock reset and adjust to the new time zone. Besides this, it would be helpful if you can do physical activities to tire you out. Try to use up all your energy within the day, so you can go to sleep at the right time in the new time zone.
4. Stay awake.
One sure way to not get over your jet lag is sleeping it away when you arrive. This will lead you to suddenly wake up at night. Because your body hasn’t adjusted, it will still function in your old time zone. When you arrive, try to stay awake so that you can sleep at night and wake up slightly more adjusted to the new time zone. If you can’t stay awake, take a quick power nap, but as much as possible, sleep at night.
5. Take natural remedies.
If you aren’t too keen about taking sleeping pills, you can try natural remedies like lavender oil. According to Health.com, lavender can work as a mild sedative and can help you relax, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep.
*This story originally appeared on Travelbook.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Stylebible.ph editors