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How to Avoid Jet Lag: Best Tips and Natural Remedies

Jet lag can turn your dream vacation or important business trip into a struggle, leaving you feeling tired, disoriented, and out of sync with your new surroundings. In this article, I’ll share the best tips and natural remedies to help you avoid jet lag so you can hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination.

Travel should be an exciting experience, filled with new adventures and unforgettable memories. However, jet lag can often turn this excitement into a struggle, especially during the first few days in your new location. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or an occasional traveller, jet lag is a common challenge that can suck your energy and put a damper on your plans. The good news is, there are effective strategies and natural remedies to help you avoid jet lag and ensure you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.

 

What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag, also known as desynchronosis, is a temporary sleep disorder that occurs when your internal body clock is out of sync with your new time zone.

Our bodies operate on a circadian rhythm, a natural 24-hour cycle that regulates sleep-wake patterns, hormone release, and other bodily functions. When we travel across multiple time zones, this rhythm is disrupted, leading to the symptoms commonly associated with jet lag.

The most common symptoms of jet lag are:

  • Fatigue and Exhaustion: Sleep cycle disruption causes excessive tiredness and lethargy.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early.
  • Cognitive Impairment: Difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and impaired decision-making.
  • Digestive Issues: Changes in eating times can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort.
  • Mood Changes: Irritability, anxiety, and feelings of unease.

What causes Jet Lag?

While disruption to your circadian rhythm is the main cause of jet lag, there are several other contributing factors that are unique to long haul air travel.

The environment inside an aeroplane is far from optimal for human health and can exacerbate the symptoms of jet lag.

Other contributing factors include:

  • Direction of Travel: Travelling eastward is generally harder on the body than travelling westward because it shortens the day, making it more difficult for the body to adjust.
  • Cabin Air Pressure: Lower air pressure in the plane means there’s less oxygen available, which can lead to mild hypoxia (lower levels of oxygen in your body). This can cause fatigue, headaches and dizziness, compounding the effects of jet lag.
  • Dehydration: The dry air in aeroplane cabins can lead to dehydration, which can contribute to feelings of fatigue, headaches, and drowsiness.
  • Physical Inactivity: Staying seated during a long haul flight can cause circulation issues, muscle stiffness, and impact energy levels.
  • Alcohol and Caffeine: Free alcohol and hot drinks on flights can be a bonus, but drinking depressants and stimulants at times your body isn’t used to can exacerbate jet lag symptoms.
  • Light Exposure: Having almost zero exposure to natural light during a flight can further disrupt your circadian clock.
  • Sleep Deprivation: A lot of people struggle to sleep on flights, which means you’re starting on the back foot when you arrive in a new time zone.

 

Best Tips and Natural Remedies for Jet Lag

If you’d like to avoid jet lag and recover quickly when you arrive at your holiday (or work) destination, these are the best tips and natural remedies to follow.

During the Flight

  • Stay Hydrated: Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water during the flight. It may even be worth taking some electrolyte sachets with you.
  • Optimise Your Sleep Environment: A lot of people really struggle with sleeping on planes, but you can take steps to give yourself the best chance of falling asleep. Take an eye mask, good quality earplugs or noise cancelling headphones, and a comfy travel pillow.
  • Use Our Anti Jet Lag Remedy: Anti Jet Lag is our natural remedy for jet lag. It’s formulated to help with broken sleep, circulation and dehydration so you can arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to get going.

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  • Supplement Vitamin C: I always recommend people take a good quality vitamin C supplement before, during, and after flights as planes can be hotbeds of viruses and bacteria. Getting sick at the start of your holiday and while adjusting to a new time zone is not what you want.
  • Get Moving: There’s limited opportunity for movement on a plane, but try to get up and walk around every hour or two. When you go to the toilet, take the time to stretch a little in the aisle and/or do a few squats in the cubicle. This will help with circulation and energy levels.
  • Minimise Alcohol and Caffeine: Both of these substances are dehydrating and cause sleep disruption. It’s fine to indulge a little when you’re travelling, just be aware of the consequences.
  • Self Care: I recommend having a self-care routine on flights that can help you feel refreshed and wash away the grogginess. Take your toothbrush and toothpaste, your favourite moisturiser or natural oil, some natural deodorant and anything else that makes you feel fresh.

When you Arrive 

If you used Anti Jet Lag on your flight you may find you’re already well adjusted when you arrive. But whether or not you’re experiencing jet lag symptoms, these tips will help you adjust to your new time zone smoothly. 

  • Adjust Sleep Schedule: If you arrive at your destination in the morning, try to fight the urge to go to sleep. Rather, stay awake and go to bed once it’s dark so your body can adjust to the new rhythm as quickly as possible. If you absolutely need to sleep, try and take short 20-30 minute naps (set your alarm clock) to minimise sleep disruption during the night.
  • Sunlight and Nature: Get as much natural sunlight as possible to start re-calibrating your circadian clock, and connect with nature (ideally bare skin on grass). It might sound a bit “out there”, but you’ve literally been flying thousands of metres above ground in a metal machine for hours and your body will appreciate getting back down to earth.
  • Use Anti Jet Lag: Our Anti Jet Lag formula is also designed to be used during your first few days in your new location to help with adjusting to the time zone.
  • Move Your Body: Go for a big walk in your new location, hit the gym, run, do yoga — it’s time to get the blood flowing and energy systems fired up again. Just don’t do it right before bed.
  • Good Nutrition: Adjust to the new meal times immediately and make your first meals as nutritious as possible to support your body’s natural recovery from long haul travel. Also, make sure to keep your fluids up to recover from the dehydration.
  • Use Revive: You want to limit your reliance on coffee or other stimulants if you’re feeling jet lagged. This is where our Revive formula can help. It’s designed to help with exhaustion and increase energy naturally.

Get There, Get Going

Jet lag can be a significant challenge for travellers, but it doesn’t have to disrupt your journey. When you understand what causes jet lag and what makes it worse, you can implement strategies to significantly reduce its effects and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

If you’re planning an overseas trip and you’ve always suffered from jet lag, make sure to try some of these tips and natural remedies the next time you fly. I hope they empower you to take control of your travel experience and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for adventure. Happy travels! 

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