How To Avoid Jet Lag When Traveling

September 5, 2016

If you travel a lot, jetlag can be very frustrating because your body isn’t in sync with the time zone you are in, which makes it difficult to get things done because you are fatigued and have trouble concentrating. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can use to combat jetlag, and we have listed some of them for you.

Before Travelling

One of the best ways to avoid jetlag is to prepare yourself before you leave for your destination. One of the most common mistakes people make while trying to avoid jetlag is staying up all night before their flight. Doing so only makes you more tired, which means you will fall asleep on the plane, which will affect you when you get to your new time zone.

From experience, the best thing to do before travelling is to try and change your sleeping pattern to fit the time zone where you’re going. This is very useful especially when you are going to a time zone that is only a few hours apart from yours. It is more difficult if you are going to a destination with more than a six hour difference.

Try booking your flight so you arrive at your destination during the day because it makes it easier for you to stay awake when you arrive and be more productive.

You should also try to have a flexible sleeping pattern. If you’re one of those people that have to be in bed at a certain time, it will be difficult to adjust to the jetlag, but if you are flexible about when you go to bed, the jetlag won’t be too much of a problem.

While Travelling

A lot of people make the mistake of enjoying a few cocktails while flying, however, the effects of alcohol can increase tiredness and dehydration, which will affect you when you arrive.

If your plane will land at night, make sure you avoid caffeinated drinks so you will be able to get a good night’s rest when you arrive. You should also try to drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and avoid taking sleeping pills.

When you get on the plane, you should set your watch to the local time at your destination, which should get you psychologically ready by the time you arrive at the destination.


Adjusting after reaching your destination is difficult, so try doing things when they do it at your destination. Eat your meals when the locals are eating instead of the time you would if you were at home.

Try to get as much sleep as you can in the first 24 hours because it will make you well rested and make adjusting to the new time zone much easier.

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