Professional tips against jet lag

By: Marcus Hochstadt

Best Way to Avoid Jet lag

The biological clock of your body needs a while after a journey into another time belt, in order to adjust itself to the new rhythm. Physical and mental symptoms can occur here such as headache, listlessness or nausea, but none jet lag must be helplessly delivered.

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Daylight helps your Body Cells Recover

When you fly in direction to the east, for example to Thailand, it might be harder for you - you lose several hours. In order to prepare some days in advance for the new sleep rhythm, you should spend some time in the daylight in the early evening. During the flight it is advisable to sleep in advance.

When you travel toward the west, approximately to the USA, you’ll have it easier. Nevertheless you should try to plan its arrival around noon time to get the brightest light of the day. Important appointments or activities at the arrival place you should plan at the time of day, at which you are most awake: After a flight in direction to the east in the evening, after a flight in direction to the west in the morning. 

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2) Sleep on board

Many humans have problems to fall asleep on the tiny seat in the airplane. Therefore in such a way some seizes to sleep pills or tranquilizers. This unnatural interference into the bio rhythm of the body affects negatively to your adjustment at recent time conditions.

It is healthier to create yourself in the airplane as good sleep conditions as possible: Take yourself an inflatable neck cushion and an eye mask in the airplane. Some airlines distribute themselves these implements on board, but you shouldn’t rely on it however.

Since ourfeet often swell on a flight, it is advisable to take your shoes off and to use on a warm cosy pair of socks. Even if it’s not cold, you should cover yourselves before falling asleep with a light blanket. This will prevent you from waking up freezing and catching a cold.

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3) Never drink alcohol as your “falling-asleep-assistance”


Tiny alcohol bottles on board often used as a falling asleep assistance during the flight. In the airplane these affect is the same as tranquilizers - three times as strongly as down on the earth! If you are suffering from fear of flight you should avoid alcohol, since psychological symptoms can occur such as aggression or depression.

In addition alcohol supports the drainage of the body, which particularly begins fast on long distance flights. As consequence headache and listlessness appear. The air within an airplane is often drier than in the desert! While the air humidity of the Sahara amounts to about 20 per cent, it occurs at long distance flights that it falls below the ten-per cent border. Therefore you should drink much water during, before and after the flight.

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4) Get a Big Bottle of Mineral Water

In many cases the water on board isn’t particularly good-tasting and is served in containers by the size of an egg cup. I recommend to get yourself a large bottle of your preferential mineral water on board.

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5) Last but not least, my most important advice

To the complete habituation time of your body, the following rule of thumb applies:
For every one houre of Jet Lag, your body needs 1 day to recover. A difference of six hours of Jet Lag would mean six days to recover. Your biological body clock will need 6 days before it gets back to normal operation if you have 6 hours of Jet lag.

So try to adjust to the new timezone as quickly as possible. When you go to bed one hour earlier/later per day, your body get used to the new daytime. 6 days is a long time just to overcome 6 hours of jetlag.

Good luck. 

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