Avoiding Holiday Jet Lag
Whether you’re traveling to a warm and sunny holiday vacation or traveling home to see your family for Christmas, flying can zap your energy. Follow these easy tips and learn how to beat jet lag before it starts.
- Take the Redeye – Overnight flights can provide a great opportunity to catch some sleep as opposed to morning or afternoon flights. Plus, you’ll have an initial boost of energy upon touch down that may help you adjust to the new local time.
- Get Comfy – Select and wear comfortable clothing conducive to in-air napping.
- Accessorize - Inflatable neck pillows, head phones and sleep masks can all aid in catching some extra shuteye.
- Avoid Caffeine – Put that morning coffee ritual and late dinner soda on ice to help curb your caffeine intake, which may interfere with your sleep on the flight or location.
- Get a Head Start on the Clock – On the night or two leading up to your flight, adjust your sleep schedule to match your destination’s routine.
- Stay Hydrated – Be sure to bring water with you on your flight.
- Enjoy Some Rays – Getting plenty of sunlight is a natural way to reset the body’s time clock.
- When in Rome – Some people find the best approach to avoiding jet lag is to simply hold off on naps and sleep until the first night after you reach your destination. Being a little tired on the first day may help you rest easier through the remainder of your trip.