How to avoid jetlag

Everyone loves going abroad, but everyone hates the aftermath of jetlag!

A major change in time zones means that our body gets confused, resulting in extreme fatigue, indigestion and simply feeling a little unwell.

But at TJC towers we’ve got a few jetsetters among us, who know just how to beat those uncomfortable transits and know how to perfectly bounceback after a long day travelling across time zones.

So generally, people say west is best, east is well… a beast. Many people find that travelling east produces the worst jetlag, as it means trying to sleep when their bodies are waking up and vice versa . Our bodies are naturally better with dealing with a longer day than a shorter one. Studies have even found that it takes a full day to recover from each time zone one travels through … eek! 💤

So here’s a few tips on how to avoid jetlag…

Avoid sleeping on the plane.  As much as it’s tempting to sleep while travelling, this can mess up your sleeping pattern and cause jetlag (although a quick nap won’t do any harm). One way to do this is to try and book a flight in the day, this will minimise any need to sleep and keep you in sync with your natural time zone. Instead, try and get a good nights sleep before embarking on any journey, this will keep you feeling awake and refreshed.

Once you get on board it might be handy to set your watch to the time of your destination to get yourself psychologically aligned.

Cut down caffeine. If you are due to land at night or during the evening, step away from the caffeine, as this will affect your sleeping pattern causing jetlag. Instead drink plenty of water as that pesky aircon can leave you dehydrated and groggy.

Keep Refreshed. There are many ways to stay refreshed when travelling long haul flights: Walk around, to keep blood circulating, drink decaffinated tea and plenty of water to help you feel calm and fresh and treat yourself to a few beauty treats as in flight aircon can be very drying.

Do you have any tips or tricks to help battle jetlag? 

 

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