Generally, when you’re traveling you’re on a pretty tight time crunch to see and do everything you can while you’re in that destination, so there’s no worse feeling than not wanting to get out of bed the first morning- or worse- not being able to fall asleep the first night. Your brain can get easily confused with such drastic time zone changes, especially after you were just on an airplane for so long and probably didn’t get much sleep. We’re here to give you some tips on how to combat jet lag like a professional traveler so you’re able to get the most out of your trip, wherever you may be going.
Adapt To Your New Time Zone In-Flight
If you’re flying during night-time in your destination, try your best to sleep as much as you can so that when you arrive and it’s morning time you won’t want to go to your hotel room and sleep all day. If you’re landing at nighttime in your destination, try your best to stay awake for most of the flight so that you’re tired and ready for bed upon arrival. Of course, on a super long flight it’s unreasonable to sleep the whole time or not sleep at all, but try to adjust as best as you can in order to make it easier on yourself to get into a proper routine once you’re at your destination.
Dehydration not only causes you to feel tired and groggy but it also can make you feel quite sick, especially when you’re on and right after you’ve been on an airplane. Because of the elevation, pressure, and recycled air on a plane, you need to drink way more water than you’re used to. Drinking a lot of water will help keep your body regulated and feeling healthy and good while adjusting to a new environment post-flight.
Use Melatonin If Necessary
Of course, sleeping aids are not everyone’s cup of tea, but when you really need it, it’s super helpful. If your flight takes off at nighttime in your destination but it’s daytime at your departure city, it’s not abnormal to have a hard time falling asleep. Vice-versa, if your flight lands at night but it’s daytime where you left, you may still find difficulties in falling asleep. If you can’t doze off naturally, try taking Melatonin or some other form of sleep aid to help you get a good night’s sleep post-traveling.