Although going around the world could be one of the most exciting things one could do, there is still a need to deal with problems that will be encountered along the way. You’ve already probably learned how to protect your stuff, how to deal with strangers, budgeting money, etc, but sometimes people forget about the seemingly inescapable travel woes.
Case in point: the annoying and ever torturing jet lag.
Jet lag, or desynchronosis, is a condition that involves the altering of the body’s circadian rhythms due to the changing time zones. Let’s say you’re about to embark on a journey that will eventually give you a 12-hour difference—when you arrive, you’ll suddenly notice headache, disorientation, or irritability, a change in sleep patterns, fatigue, or worse—constipation and diarrhea. Have no doubt about it—these are most probably jet lag symptoms.
Below are some jet lag remedies and tips that could lessen or end your misery.
To sleep or not to sleep on the plane?
Sometimes there’s nothing better to do on the plane but to sleep, but when you’re arriving late in the evening to your destination, it’s better to just stay awake for the rest of the time you’re flying. You will be needing more of that drowsiness when you arrive at night to your destination. On the other hand, if you will be arriving in the morning, try your best to sleep when flying so you’ll have more energy in store when you land.
Drink lots of water
This will probably mean excusing yourself many times as you would be visiting the bathroom frequently, but this will be all worth it. High altitudes will make you dehydrated, and in effect, will also slow down your recovery from jet lag. Take in some fluids—you’re definitely gonna need them.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol on the plane
This could break the hearts of many, but try to stay out of caffeine and alcohol when on a plane. Free coffee and alcohol may be tempting, but this will make you more dehydrated so just don’t do it. You’ll have all the time in the world to consume copious amounts of them when you land, so it’s wiser to just wait.
Change sleep patterns days in advance
This means trying to adapt to whatever time zone it is wherever you’re going. Changing your sleeping habits a few days (or a week, why not) in advance could give you an easier time adjusting. Do it gradually, and you’ll notice headaches and insomniac tendencies will be saying bye-bye.
Exercise on the plane
The hallways may be narrow and you may not have enough space, but stretching on the airplane will help you get rid of jet lag. Do small exercises such as stretching your legs or walking around so there will be less chances of blood clot to happen on the legs. Also, if you’re on the airport and will shortly be in a long flight, walk around a bit—this could also serve as your exercise.