Not many people get to travel the world with a job that they are passionate about . In the past year I’ve been blessed to travel to Bali, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, China, Colombia, among other amazing places. While all this travel is nothing short of fabulous, I’m going to be real with you—if I hadn’t mastered long ago how to beat jet lag, I’d be a beast of epic proportions in the a few days after getting home. Thankfully, I now employ the perfect combination of tricks so I’m jet lag-free when I need to be.
If you have an international trip in your travel pipeline and you still struggle with jet lag, take a look at what I’ve learned. You’ll thank me later.
- Adjust to your new schedule before you take off on your trip: Before you depart, get to bed an hour or two earlier if you’re going to be flying east. If you’re headed west, go to bed a little later. It’s easier to do this if you start shifting your sleep schedule a few days in advance by 30 minutes each night. Eating your meals around the same time you’ll have them in your new destination is also pretty helpful.
- Take an overnight flight: You’ll fall sleep on the plane when you’re usually getting your night’s rest anyway, so you’ll arrive at your destination in the morning or the afternoon well rested. Perfect!
- Light therapy: If you’re eastbound, avoid exposing yourself to light early in the morning once you reach your destination. Take it all in during the afternoon. If you’re going west, take the light in during the morning hours and do your best to avoid it in the afternoon and evening. Or go the artificial route! Light therapy lamps are available on Amazon if you need one.
- Water, water, water: You might be tired, but coffee tends to dehydrate a body, and that’s the last thing you need as you cross several time zones. Do everything you can to stay hydrated. Take it easy on the wine, too!
- Take some melatonin: Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain right before we fall asleep. If you are flying east, taking 3 milligrams of this supplement a couple hours before bedtime is sure to help you out.
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