Business Tips: How to Beat Jet Lag
Jet lag is for the birds! Whether you’re traveling domestic or international, if there’s even the slightest time differentiation, you’re guaranteed to be exhausted. Traveling itself already has its own side effects. You don’t want to add sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue to the list. Fortunately, there are a few ways to beat jet lag:
First, try to jumpstart your new sleep schedule by changing your current sleep cycle. Sleep as if you were in the time zone you’re traveling to. Also, try going to bed a few hours earlier and waking up earlier, which may help with your energy level.
Try your best to sleep during the flight. Pack an eye mask, ear plugs (or noise cancelling headphones) and comfortable clothes. Taking sleep medication can also help you achieve a restful flight. If you don’t have a prescription, an alternative is natural supplements such as Melatonin.
Skip dinner and a movie. Depending on the airline, generally the in-flight meal contains preservatives and is high in sodium which can cause bloating and ultimately discomfort. Eat a well-balanced, light dinner before boarding and kindly request to skip the meal service. According to sleep.org, the blue light emitted by screens actually suppresses the production of melatonin which helps you sleep. Therefore it’s best to choose a light read over a movie during your flight.
A glass or three of wine will NOT do the trick. Avoid alcohol all together. Since alcohol dehydrates the body and acts a depressant, it can actually lead to the exact opposite of what you intended—a good night’s rest.
At the end of the day, if you’re unable to sleep during your flight, try your hardest to stay awake for the rest of the day. As soon as you arrive at your accommodation, take a quick power nap, shower, and then go out and explore. Walking helps keep the blood flowing and the mind active. For more travel tips, please visit Q&A Residential Hotel’s official blog.