Posted by Bukky Enuha on Sunday, July 6, 2014
How to Avoid Jet Lag

Jet lag can be a burden to even the most frequent of travellers. Even for those who feel like they have thought of everything before taking a trip, jet lag can prove to be problematic. You might have bought yourself a novel, stuck up loads of music in your CD player, but have you thought about how you will cope with the effect of jet lag if you eventually fall a victim?

Jet lag can spoil the first few days of your trip; and prove even more problematic especially for those who are required to travel for business on short notices. Whilst there is little that you can do to eliminate jet lag altogether, there are a few things which you can do to lessen the effects. If you're keen to avoid the arriving at your destination feeling entirely out of sync with the time zone in which you have landed, then here are a few tips which may help.

Rules of Comfortable Flying

  • Eat and drink alcohol in moderation, but have as much water as you like to prevent dehydration
  • Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes made of natural fibres
  • Pack your medicines in your onboard hold-all. This way, you are prepared for any emergency.
  • Make sure your shoes can handle expanding ankles and swollen feet
  • Get up every two hours while on board; stretch and go to the bathroom to freshen up
  • Set your watch to the time zone of your destination a couple of days before your flight. This way, your body will already be in tune with the time zone of your destination. If this isn't practical, then by simply changing your watch to the local time of your destination at the beginning of your flight can go some way in combating the effect of jet lag
  • On arrival, scrub your body vigorously in the shower or bath to dislodge any unwanted build-up of fluids
  • Take a short nap on arrival that revives you without interfering with your night-time sleep.
Here are few exercises on a long haul flight that will ensure you disembark with a spring in your steps. These light exercises may assist in increasing blood circulation and massaging the muscles

  • Knee lift
  • Knee to chest
  • Ankle circles
  • Neck roll
  • Shoulder roll 
  • Body stretch 
  • The foot flex

By following these tips, planning ahead, and keeping a positive attitude, your next vacation or short trip is sure to be a success.

Bon Voyage!

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