Do you know what humans have in common with fungi? We both operate on 24-hour, or circadian, rhythms. While this is of little concern to a portabella, it can really mess up a human who travels across more than a couple of time zones. Left unaddressed, jet lag can take your body and mind several days to adjust to a different time zone, wreaking havoc on your vacation plans. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to fight jet lag and win.
Start a few days ahead of your trip by nudging your schedule forward or slowing it down to sync up with your destination’s time zone. If you’re heading east, get up and go to bed earlier than usual. Reverse the sequence when flying west. Just a couple hours’ of readjustment can make a big difference. If it’s morning at your destination, a few hours’ shut-eye on the plane will be a big help. You might look into booking an overnight flight, especially if you’re heading east, such as from the U.S. to Europe.
Once you’re underway, you can use in-flight movies to sleep or stay awake a little longer. Make sure to pack a portable charger if tablets and e-readers are your in-flight fix. There’s nothing worse than landing with a dead tablet and a dead phone.
Resist the temptation to nap, and stay away from junky snacks. Eating healthy and staying hydrated will help your body adjust to your new time zone. Airplane cabins are very dry environments, so watch your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Both dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep cycle.
When you arrive, sunlight is one of the best tools for readjusting. Fresh air and exercise counterbalance jet lag. If you’re tired and it’s only noon at your destination, take a walk. Besides, it’s a great way to get a quick overview of the local surroundings and culture.
If you need a little extra help resetting your internal clock, non-prescription medications like Melatonin can be useful. Just be sure that they’re safe for you to take. A quick call to your health provider should answer your questions.
Magellan’s has a variety of things to make your journey through time zones easier. No-Jet-Lag is a homeopathic product from New Zealand that addresses all the symptoms of jet lag. It’s safe for all ages, doesn’t interact with medications, and has no side effects. If you need to catch some rest on your flight, the Good Night Sleep Mask is a lightweight, luxuriously cushioned eye shade that blocks out all light and allows complete eye movement for deeper, more restful sleep.
Ultimately, the more relaxed and comfortable you are the better you’ll be able to cope with the stress of travel. Magellans.com is full of travel-tested products from clothing and luggage to accessories to make packing easier and your trip safer. We also have country guides and tips, so be sure to make Magellan’s part of your pre-trip preparation.