Jet Lag Sleep

Time difference +100,000,000,000,000 hours – hence clear effects of jet lag here.

Seen at Venice Beach, California.

For getting over jet lag we recommend:

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight to avoid dehydration.
  • Don’t drink lots of alcohol or take unnecessary medication while in flight.
  • Sleep well before the flight and during long journeys if you can.
  • If you’re travelling west over four or more time zones (to New York, for example) make sure you get bright natural light in the early evening. This will help you to adapt to the new time.
  • If you’re going east back to the UK, try to return at around midday to get the brightest light of the day. Wear eyeshades on the plane and try to stay in the dark and quiet.
  • Exercise while on the plane. Don’t just walk around the cabin – stretch in your chair as well. This will help your blood circulation and reduce swelling of the feet and legs.
  • A short episode of moderately intense exercise may help reset your body clock after arrival.
  • Try to fit in with the daily routine and activities of the new time zone as soon as possible – eat when they eat and sleep (or at least rest) when they sleep.

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