Many people find traveling exciting – a new place, new things to see, and delicious foods to try. However, there’s one thing that excitement can’t always overcome, and that’s jetlag. Those who have traveled to a place with more than a two-hour time difference have likely been a victim of this phenomenon, and there’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to be in sync with a new place but being physically unable to do so.
Often, those preparing for a trip find themselves wondering if there’s anything they can do to make the adjustment to the new time zone any easier on their bodies. Thankfully, the answer is yes! Here are a few tricks travelers can use to help overcome jetlag and start enjoying their trips as quickly as possible.
- A day or two before leaving, those traveling to the east can attempt to go to bed a few hours earlier, while those going west should start staying awake a little later than usual.
- Upon arrival, travelers should do their best to follow the schedule of their new locations. While it can be difficult to stay awake during what feels like the middle of the night, it can actually help to make the adjustment easier, while a lengthy daytime nap often makes the adjustment more difficult.
- Those whose flights are arriving in the morning should try to sleep on the plane, while those arriving at night time should attempt to stay awake on the flight as much as possible.
- While on the plane, travelers should adjust their watches and phones to reflect their new time zones. This can also be helpful for those who don’t know whether or not they should stay awake or sleep on the plane.
These tips can help make it easier for people traveling to new and exciting places adjust to their new time zones. Finally, it is important to remember that jetlag only lasts a few days, so anyone having trouble adjusting can take comfort in knowing that the jetlag won’t last forever!
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