Tips to Cope with Jet Lag

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.

Before the trip:             

• 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:

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, 508-238-4088,

This entry was published on August 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm. It’s filed under Travel Tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Tips to Cope with Jet Lag

  1. Good advice, but as both a doctor and a frequent traveller on long haul flights I say forget the Vitamin C, it will do nothing.

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