Follow our simple steps to avoid jet lag next time you take a break
Jet lag isn’t fun for anyone. You arrive at your destination after
months of counting down the days, and planning a blissful first few
hours relaxing by the pool, to find that all you really want to do is go
Jet lag occurs when your body struggles to adjust to a
new time zone. It’s the feeling of exhaustion and confusion that most
of us suffer from after a long haul flight. You feel mentally drained
and physically exhausted. Not the best way to start that holiday!
what can you do to beat jet lag? Simple! Follow our helpful guide and
see if it makes a difference next time you take to the skies…
Pop a pill…
But not a sleeping tablet! A natural supplement could help ease, that spaced-out, worn-out feeling.
is known for regulating sleep and getting you in sync with you
destination’s time zone. It’s tricky to get in the UK so try Asphalia for Sleep, £13.95 for 30 caps.
Adjust to the differing time zones with a homeopathic remedy that has arnica in the blend. Jet Lag by The Organic Pharmacy, £12.95 for 14g, should do the trick.
Keep clicking for more jet lag remedies…
If you're going to have a big time difference, gradually adjust your bedtimes towards those at your destination a few days before you travel. Then, as soon as you board the flight, change your watch to the local time at your destination.
The day you fly, limit caffeine to the morning if you are heading west, or the evening if you are flying east.
The day before you travel, have a high protein breakfast and lunch and a high carbohydrate dinner - and limit your caffeine intake. Whatever your normal lifestyle, this will encourage your body clock into the right pattern.
If you want to remain alert and ready to work then choose a protein-rich meal, such as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or yogurt and nuts. Peppermint can reduce daytime sleepiness, so perk yourself up with a cup of peppermint tea.
If you want to sleep, you need food that will encourage the brain to make serotonin, a hormone which makes you feel calm and sleepy. To boost the production of serotonin, you need a carbohydrate-rich meal with a small amount of protein - try a bowl of pasta or risotto.
If you can't book long flights to coincide with bed time, keep tiredness at bay with a 45 minute nap on the plane during a time you'd normally be asleep at home.
If you want to sleep well on the flight, go for soothing music rather than watching a film.
Light exposure helps regulate your body clock, so try wearing sunglasses after you arrive until it's the right time to face the light.
Although one alcoholic drink will relax you, any more than that will have a stimulating effect. Go for a soothing hot drink like chamomile tea, or a milky hot chocolate instead.
To avoid indigestion caused by pressure changes, stick to small, regular snacks. High-fat meals, spicy food and ingredients such as onions, cabbage and cauliflower and beans increase the risk of indigestion. On some airlines, you can order a special low-fat meal for the flight - check out your airline's website to see how to do this in advance.