I could remember my first trip by air; I experienced motion sickness guys, not jet lag cos it was a domestic flight.
I know about jet lag, but I’ve never experienced it, hopefully soon ☺️
Jet lag can occur when you travel across two or more time zones. It might be when you book that cheap flights to Dubai from Lagos.
The more time zones you cross, the more likely you’re to be sleepy and sluggish. It’s a temporary sleep disorder.
Since I’ve not travelled across two-time zones and I don’t know much about jet lag, I had a chat with a pilot friend who is more experienced in this topic. Here are the 8 tips Captain Ola shared with me on how to deal with jet lag.
8 Tips On How To Deal With Jet Lag
1. Adjust your sleeping time.
According to Captain Ola, you need to adjust your sleeping time to that of the country you’re travelling to.
2. Sun exposure.
Little exposure to sun always helps recover from jet lag.
Your body’s internal clock controls sleep and wake cycle, a set of structures in the brain called the Suprachiasmatic nuclei are the same structures that regulate your body temperature and some hormonal fluctuations immediately you’re exposed to sunlight. This suprachiasmatic nuclei senses when you are exposed to sunlight and resets your body clock. So, it is good to get a little bit of the sun.
Note that it’s just a little healthy amount of sun you need to be exposed to.
3. Avoid coffee
The caffeine in coffee will affect your sleep cycle. If you have started practising what we discussed first, with the adjustment of body rhythm, coffee can change everything because it will deprive you of sleep when you need it.
4. Avoid Alcohol
Avoid alcohol because of the effect of alcohol at altitude will increase tiredness and cause dehydration, making it even harder to overcome jetlag.
Do some exercise to let your body adjust to the new time zone.
6. Get enough rest while flying
Get enough rest while flying and eliminate anything that can distract you during your short nap. Use earplug or an eye mask to remove distraction.
Start eating proper meals and ensure you eat healthily.
8. Be prepared fully for your trip.
Ensure you’re well prepared ahead of your trip. If you’re well prepared and you are not so worked up, your body would adjust to the new time zone without difficulty.
Thank you, Captain Olagbemi Olayinka of Isleepeatfly, for sharing how to deal with jetlag tips with us.
Have you ever experienced jetlag? How did you deal with it? Kindly comment below. If you have never experienced jet lag I hope the tips have been useful to you.
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