Advice: How to Beat Jet Lag
By Katie Edgerley
One of the few, but very irritating, downsides to travelling across the world is jet lag. It can leave you feeling so disorientated; awake in the middle of the night or falling asleep at the breakfast table, it’s something that you want to be able to get past as early on in your trip as possible. Here are a few simple tricks to help you beat jet lag!
1. Change your watch
This may sound overly simple, but adjusting your watch to the local time at your destination means that you can try and sleep on the plane (although easier said than done) when it is night-time there. It also subconsciously prepares you for the time change every time you look at your watch.
2. Stay awake until at least 9pm local time
If you arrive in daylight, try not to fall asleep as you will probably wake up in the middle of the night. Get some sunlight and fresh air to keep you awake, and remember to stay hydrated to keep your energy levels up.
Upon arrival, get some gentle exercise. Going for a brisk walk outside will energise you if you need to stay awake. Doing something like yoga will help you to relax if you arrive at night and need to get to sleep.
4. Take a bath
In contrast, if you arrive at night, try to help yourself wind down by taking a relaxing soak in the tub. If there is no bath at your hotel, try having a warm cup of tea and reading a book to help you drift off to sleep.
Try to avoid alcohol or sleeping pills as a sleep method as they will leave you feeling groggy in the morning. Just relax, and know that the jet lag will pass