How to Beat Jet Lag

Are you traveling internationally? Do you find it difficult to tune your body back to normalcy of your daily life? Exhaustion, sleeplessness at night and drowsiness at day are all tell tale signs of jet lag.

Here are some tips on how to prevent it:

Jet lag is caused because of the crossing of time zones and when the body is acclimatized to sleep, it might be early evening at the place that you have traveled to. The fundamental technique is to get your body attuned to the time of the place that you will be visiting. The first thing that you can do is, to change your bed time and go to sleep earlier, in case you are traveling east. This will help you acclimatize yourself easily. Do the same on the return trip.

It is vital that you hydrate your body properly, because a body low on water will succumb to jet lag easily. When the time zone changes, your meal cycles will also change. Your body will need more energy to sustain itself till the point it gets adjusted to the new time. Until that happens, the right water content in the body will keep you going and avoid any dehydration, which might occur due to change of food and weather as well.

Three days before the trip, start eating foods high in proteins, which will help you store more energy and stamina to sustain yourself on your travel.  Eat food like pasta, which is high on carbohydrates for dinner. Let the breakfast consist of toasts and fruits. In these three days, do not consume excess tea or coffee. They will disrupt the procedure to prepare your body for another time zone as they will induce wakefulness. Also, avoid soft drinks because they will induce a lot of sugar in the body that will tend to make the body more lethargic.

During the flight, do not take sleeping pills and drink a lot of water, to avoid dehydration in the air conditioned environment. Once you are at the destination, expose yourself to sunlight for approximately as many time zones as you have crossed. This will get your body easily attuned to the new surroundings.