The best cure I’ve had for jet lag recently was sipping ginger lemonade at lunch at the charming Literaturcafe in Berlin after a particularly grueling overnight flight. Despite having zero sleep I felt quite refreshed and adjusted to the six-hour time difference right away.
But it’s not always so easy. Ellen Paderson, Founder of Smiles & Miles Travel shares her tips on dealing with jet lag.
• Select a flight that allows early evening arrival. Stay up until 10 p.m. local time.
• A few days before your flight, move your mealtimes and bedtime closer to the schedule of your destination.
• Anticipate the time change by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.
• Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.
• Avoid alcohol or caffeine 3-4 hours before bedtime.
• Take vitamin C, an antioxidant that relieves stress, but be sure to ask your doctor first!
Upon arrival at your destination in a new time zone:
• As soon as possible eat meals, go to bed and wake up based on the new time zone.
• Avoid sleeping before bedtime.
• Spend time outdoors. The sun can help adjust your internal clock.
• Avoid heavy meals and excess caffeine and alcohol.
• Use earplugs and blindfolds to block out noise and light while sleeping.
• Request two wake-up calls in case you miss the first one.
• If your doctor agrees, take vitamin C for at least three days once at your destination.
• Sleep medication can help manage short-term insomnia but can’t fix jet lag. Talk to your doctor first.
For more info, visit the National Sleep Foundation website: www.sleepfoundation.org
An award-winning travel consultant, Paderson is a member of American Marketing Group’s Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) and of The Affluent Traveler Collection. For more information, contact Ellen Paderson at www.smilesandmilestravel.com, 508-238-4088, firstname.lastname@example.org.