The most important factor in jet lag is how many time zones you cross, and traveling east seems to be worst for most people. Jet lag occurs when you cross over a number of time zones and disrupt the normal 'circadian' rhythms which help you wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night – essentially, your 'body clock'. Try these suggestions to help counteract jet lag next time you fly:
1. Change your watch as soon as you get on the flight, the quicker you adapt to the time zone the lower level of jet lag is likely to be
2.When you arrive in the new time zone spend some time outside during daylight hours. Natural light can help cue your body clock try to adjust your bedtime and mealtimes to the new, local timetable as soon as possible
3.Schedule commitments at times when you are likely to have maximum energy: in the evenings, after flying east, or in the mornings, after flying west
4.The impact of alcohol on the body can be two to three times more potent when you're flying, so one glass of wine in-flight has the effect of two to three glasses on the ground. Avoid feeling even worse with a hangover by reducing alcohol intake before and during your flight
5.Get as much exercise as you can. Walking up and down the aisle, rotating your ankles and doing gentle stretching exercises in your seat can help to reduce discomfort, and allow you to have a more relaxed flight
6.During extended stopovers on a long-haul flight, try to grab a shower: it can really wake up your circulation and get things moving
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