In a previous article, we explained what Jet Lag was. Many students are travelling overseas, maybe to visit family or to relax after exams.
Here are some expert tricks to mitigate those effects.
For brief trips, you can try the following simple but effective tips taken from a Sascha Segan, author of Fly Safe, Fly Smart for your flight:
- Reset your body clock before flying. Change your sleep time by one or two hours in the new time zoneProvide as much water as you can for your body before, during and after your flight even if you don’t feel thirsty. Recommended by experts, you should drink at least two 8-ounce of water before the flight and 1 litre for every hour you are on the plane including the beverages you drink with meals.Reset your watch to the time zone you are travelling to and start thinking about adopting that time zoneSay ‘no’ to alcohol or depressants such as Dramamine or other motion-sickness drugs, before and during your flightEat more lightly than usual, before and while you are on the planeDaytime naps of 30 minutes or less are OK to take after you arrive so that they do not affect your nighttime sleep
Additionally, sleep specialists have two main methods for accelerating the adjustment to jet lag and reducing its effects – drugs and light therapy. Light therapy is “timing exposure to daylight”. It is declared “the best way to resynchronize our body clocks” by Dr. Sack of Oregon’s Health and Science University.
“Do not sit down on the hotel bed; once your behind touches the hotel bed, it’s over. Get out of the room. Go for a walk. Get in the sunlight.” – flight attendant Heather Poole, author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet in a Yahoo Travel’s article
Interestingly, travelling west is easier on the body than travelling east. In this case, Robert Rosenberg’s suggestions are: three nights before travelling west, go to sleep and wake up an hour later than usual; likewise, when travelling east, sleep and rise an hour earlier.
In today’s technological age, we have apps that seek to solve all problems in our lives. Jet lag is no exception. Smartphone developers have created some apps to help travelers avoid jet lag such as Jetlag Genie or Jetlag App. All you have to do is simply enter your flight details and the app will design a suggestive timetable of when to sleep or eat to prepare for the time zone changes.
Recently, on 10th March 2014, researchers at the University of Michigan released a free app on smartphones named Entrain that helps to mathematically reschedule our body to adapt to new external environment.
“This is almost like a body hack, to get yourself entrained faster.” – Olivia Walch, a U-M graduate student who worked on the project.
Last modified: December 22, 2015