Travelling around the world can be a wonderful experience, but not if you’re feeling jetlagged. Being jetlagged can make us tired and cranky, which could ruin all the fun on the first few days of your trip.
When travelling to another time zone, your body needs some time to adjust to the sudden change. Being jetlagged means that the inner body clock isn’t synchronized with the new time zone, so your sleeping and eating habits can get way out of wack. With these symptoms comes irritability and crankiness, and sometimes we can even develop illnesses with fatigue or indigestion – definitely not what you want on a vacation!
Here are some tips to avoiding jetlag:
– while on the airplane, force yourself to sleep or not sleep depending on the time zone you are heading into. For example, if you are going to a region that is in the middle of the night while you are on the airplane, make sure you get some sleep so you can quickly adjust to the new schedule.
– eat according to the new time zone on the airplane. Even if you are hungry, don’t eat if it’s not a regular mealtime in the new time zone, otherwise it will be extremely difficult to figure out when you need to eat when you get to your destination.
– take medications. There are some drugs such as the “No Jetlag” pills that help with adjusting to sleeping times, but these are not always necessary
These tips also help on the return trip, making it easier to adjust to your home schedule faster as well. Remember, the sooner you eat and sleep according to the new schedule, the less jetlag you’ll feel and the more fun you’ll have on your trip!