Jet lag is a nuisance, particularly if you aren’t going to be traveling very long and want to make the most of every minute feeling energetic and perky. Frequent travelers consistently offer similar tried and true tips to successfully minimize jet lag. Jet lag is at its worst when you cross at least two time zones.
- The most common tip is to stay hydrated. Experienced travelers drink coconut water or plain water an hour before boarding, then request more water once on the plane.
- The second most popular tip is to avoid any alcohol on the plane and anything salty because both will dehydrate you. Alcohol also disrupts sleep.
- Sync your watch to the time in your destination when you board the plane. Try to adjust your sleep habits an hour or so every day a few days prior to departure. Jet Lag Rooster is an app that can help you with an individual jet lag plan by manipulating your sunlight and melatonin to shift your body clock prior to your departure. Free for both Apple and Android products. Once you have arrived, adapt your sleep, exercise and meal schedule to the local time.