You’ve planned and saved for a vacation, and the last thing you want is to spend half of it feeling groggy. Here are things you can do before and during your trip to mitigate the impact of jet lag, which is caused by traversing several time zones and affects your internal clock.
Before you travel
- Be well-rested when you get on the plane. Being overtired before a flight can make jet lag worse.
- Try to adjust to the new time zone gradually over a few days.
- Drink lots of water.
During your flight
- Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol—dehydration exacerbates jet lag.
- Adopt the new time zone’s sleeping and eating schedule as soon as you board.
- Keep drinking water.
When you arrive
- Engage in physical activity (walking is enough!) and get outdoors as much as possible.
- Stay awake until sunset—no napping.
- Drink even more water—no kidding! It’s the best medicine.