Tips For Beating Jet-lag!

Catch up on sleep while you fly

Going from one country to another is a fantastic experience. One thing that might make it a little endearing is jet-lag. If you are unaware, jet-lag is when your body is not use to the time zone that you are in. For instance, if you travel from Addison to Japan, your days and night are going to be flip-flopped, meaning the time you usually go to bed is probably the time the sun starts rising in Japan. Some people have trouble with this, but luckily we have some tips for you!

  1. Sleep Before You Fly: Even though it may be sunny where you are, it may be night when you land at your destination. Make sure you get plenty of sleep before your flight takes off and even during your flight. This helps adjust your sleeping time better.
  2. Fly a Day Early: This might really help you if you found it hard to nap before your flight. Planning things a day ahead can really help your body get up the next day and be ready to conquer your new adventure!
  3. Arrive in the morning: Since you prepared yourself to sleep, you might want to to arrive at your destination in the morning. Arriving when there’s light outside helps keep your body up, even if you didn’t get that much sleep. The sun will help adjust yourself and get you ready for a day of adventure.
  4. Keep up with Your Diet: Routine is key in helping your body adjust. Make sure you eat your three meals a day, even if that means eating one meal at midnight. Keeping your eating habits is key and helps keep your energy from draining.
  5. Avoid Napping: You might feel the drowsiness coming along, but the best thing to do is to beat it. Taking a nap might mean taking a three hour nap. That’s not a good way to make memories on your trip! As hard as it will seem, keep yourself busy and avoid taking naps.
  6. Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol: When you travel, it’s always best to stay hydrated. Drinking alcohol won’t do you any favors. Drinking too much alcohol might hurt your stomach and cause bad pains and jet lag. You might be more inclined to doze off, so just try not to go overboard.

If you have any more tips, let us know!

Amanda is a current student at UTDallas, studying Emerging Media and Communications. She got her Associates in Journalism at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and decided to finish her degree in Dallas. She likes to read, blog, and eating at new places. She enjoys traveling and learning about history and culture.

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