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How to Prevent Jet Lag when Travelling

Updated on April 7, 2012
Coping with Jet Lag
Coping with Jet Lag

When it comes to travelling, one of the biggest concerns that people have when travelling a long distances is jet lag. But there are some things that you can do to help prevent jet lag as well as get over it when you arrive.

Get on a New Schedule

One of the best things that you can do for yourself is get onto the time table of where you are. This can be tricky depending on how long you travelled and the time when you arrive. But if possible, stay up until it is your normal bedtime, and then sleep. If you absolutely cannot manage, take a short nap and then go to bed at your normal time. You may find that the first day or two you go to bed earlier than normal until you catch up a bit.

Arrive Late

While this may seem strange, if you cannot sleep on the plane, it may be a good idea to arrive at your destination later in the evening. This way, by the time you arrive, make it through customs, and arrive at your hotel, you will be ready to go to bed and wake up in the morning refreshed.

Sleep on your Flight

This may seem obvious, but try to sleep on your flight. This may be especially helpful if you arrive early in the day or in the afternoon.

Use a Sleeping Pill

If you get to your new destination and cannot sleep to get onto a new schedule, use a sleeping pil to help you. Just make sure that you will be able to sleep for the amount of time recommended (such as 8 hours). You can also try melatonin if you want something more natural.

Go Outside

When at your destination, go outside during the day while it is sunny. The sun will help your body realize that it is supposed to be awake and assist with re-setting your biological clock.

Change your Watch

Another helpful idea is to change your watch when you step on the plane to the time in your destination. Then, you use that time when you are on the plane so that if it is nighttime where you are going, you should sleep if possible. If it is daytime, then you should do daytime activities such as reading or watching movies.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good tips on preventing jet lag on a plane. Voted up for interesting!

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good suggestions. We'll give them a try on our next overnight flight. Thanks.


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