I’m jetting off to Paris for fashion week right now and I could not be more excited! However, there is one thing that can be a true buzz kill when jumping time zones and that is beating jet lag. Jet lag is honestly the worst. It creeps up on you so fast and can really take over the enjoyment of your travels. There are few tips and tricks I’ve adopted over the years to beat out any jet lag from creeping in and I thought I would share them with you.
Do you have any tips? Be sure to share them in the comments below.
Cozy Up En Route
Try to get as much sleep as possible on your flight. I teamed up with Lou & Grey FORM for their new line that’s all about style, comfort and movement which is perfect for long haul travel days. I love wearing comfortable work out apparel on the flight because it saves you packing space and then you can re-wear the outfit for your workouts once you land.
Land & Work Out
One of the first things I do when I land in a new time zone is break a sweat. Whether it’s a brisk walk, bike ride or light jog I have always found the quickest way to reset my clock is to get the blood circulating.
I’m sure you’ve heard that drinking water is a sure fire way to cure jet lag and that is because it’s true. I pack a gigantic bottle for the plane and make it a goal of drinking and refilling it at least three times.
Cut Back On Caffeine
I’m not saying you can’t have coffee, but try to cut back on the intake as a method to keep you awake. In general, caffeine causes a short period of stimulation, soon followed by a drop in your glycogen (blood sugar) level. In other words, caffeine can actually rob your body of its available energy reserves. Try to stick to drinking coffee only in the morning hours.
Hit Meal Times
Eating while on a different time zone can greatly affect your metabolism, which is why it’s great to get your natural circadian rhythm set to a new time zone as early as possible. As soon as I get on a flight, I try to set my clock to the new time zone that I’m traveling to and I start eating and sleeping according to that time to get a jump start on adjusting.
Melatonin is a nice over-the-counter option to help reduce to symptoms of jet lag. Suggestions about times and dosages vary among researchers who have studied melatonin, however recommendations include: Taking melatonin after dark the day you travel and after dark for a few days after arriving at your destination.
More Fun Facts About Jet Lag:
When you fly east, the number of days it takes to recover from jet lag will be about two-thirds the number of time zones you cross. For example, if you cross six time zones, it will take you about 4 days to get back to normal.
When you fly west, the number of days to recover equals about half the number of time zones. So if you cross six time zones, it will take you 3 days to recover.
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