Sunday, August 12, 2007


When we’re traveling accros country with different time zone by air usually we’ll get a jet lag. Actually, Jet lag it self is the inability of our body to adjust to the destination’s time as it passes through multiple time zones. And as we can imagine, it will mess up your holiday planning.

Something common that if we feel very weak and tired after a long trip but you know what..?? that’s the sympthom of jet lag and that usually followed by headaches, dizziness, muscle soreness, a feeling of sickness and odd eating patterns. Being sick while on your holiday, especially if you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing or physical activity can make it difficult to enjoy your time.

To prevent jet lag you have to prepare for everything before your trip. Ensure you are relaxed and not stress before you leave for the airport. Don’t drink caffeinated drinks and alcohol because it may give your body dehydration which can contribute to jet lag. Also consider doing some light exercise such as yoga or running but nothing that will make your muscles sore. Exercising aids your body’s sleep patterns.

Once on your flight, try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Take off your shoes and get pillows and blankets before the plane takes off. Bring something that may help you to get sleep more easily such as neck pillows and eye masks. Don’t forget to bring a large bottle of water, drink lots of water even if you don’t feel thirsty to avoid dehydration.

After take off, set your watch to the destination time. The rule of thumb is to sleep if it’s bed time at your destination and stay awake (or just take a small nap) if not. If you need to sleep consider taking a light sleep aid and if you’re worried about missing the meal service then just let the cabin crew know to wake you. Again, avoid consuming alcohol. It may help you sleep but in the long run it will make jet lag worse. If you feel like a drink then just have one and drink extra water to keep hydrated. If you’re awake, get out of your seat and do some simple stretches to reduce muscle tension.

Once you arrive at your destination adjust to the time as soon as possible. If you are tired in the middle of the day don’t crash but take a small nap and then get to bed early. Sleeping during the middle of the day and staying awake at night will only prolong jet lag.

If you use these preventative tips you will arrive at your destination rested with minimal jet lag and ready to enjoy your trip.

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