What could be worse than looking forward to a great trip that took careful planning only to realize you want to sleep for 3 days once you stepped off the plane? Or maybe you’ve landed in Dubai and went straight to a meeting discussing important deals and realized you’re about to fall asleep at the conference table?
Jet lag is a common drawback to long-distance travel; symptoms include exhaustion, dry skin, dehydration, muscle tension and time confusion. When it comes to fighting the fatigue that comes with crossing time zones, here are some advice you can follow:
Don’t drink alcohol before or during the flight. Adding to fatigue and dehydration is alcohol.
Drink a significant amount of water during the flight and upon landing. Water will help with muscle fatigue and cut down on the dehydration.
When step on the plane, adjust your watch so it matches the time of that of your destination and sleep according to the location you’re flying. If you’re on a plane in the afternoon but it’s late at night in the city you’re flying to, then it’s time to sleep.
While sleeping on the plane, sleep as long as possible to create a “nighttime” sleep experience. Use earplugs and light-reducing eye covers if needed.
During the flight, try to elevate your feet as much as possible.
Take a shower upon arrival to help refresh and revitalize you. Try to avoid napping and adhere to the local time.
On the first night, try to stay up as late as possible. Try to stay up until at least midnight if your schedule will require many late nights.
The second day would probably be the most difficult. Remain on schedule at the time of your destination. Begin the second day by requesting a wake-up call or setting an alarm for the morning.
For muscle fatigue and dehydrated skin, try a spa treatment.
If possible, try to spend an hour in sunlight and fresh air on the first day; this will help to reset your body’s internal clock to local time.
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