Jet Lag is the best proof that you're far from home.
And since you are far from home, you're doing great. But what about all these frustrating indications you're jet-lagged? No big deal, you just have to learn how to deal with it, once it occurs. It is generally defined as a sleeping disorder caused by a rapid change between time zones - the term 'jet' indicates that high-speed aircrafts cause a condition by travelling long distances rapidly, making it difficult for the body to adjust properly to the altered conditions.
First and most important rule; forget your local time until you get back home! From the very moment you set foot on your destination, set your watch or any other device in local time and try to stay awake, if you travel west, or chill down and try to sleep, if you travel east.
Schedule your meals in destination time.
Beyond sleep, you should be scheduling your meals too. Ignore your body saying you should have breakfast on board and eat a proper meal after your arrival. Eating and sleeping are both essential for your body to function - so is your psychological condition though.
Step 3; During the flight
On long-haul flights the meals served are adjusted accordingly to the time of destination. For example, when reaching L.A. breakfast will be served - it doesn't matter that your body clock says it's midnight back home. Cabin lights will also adjust, in order to help you go through the different time zones smoothly.
This way, you will adjust more easily to the altered conditions of your destination with a much more efficient way than the changes made on board. By doing a stopover, you will have the chance to adapt to the different time zone and day/night conditions, as well as walk, stretch a bit, breathe some fresh air and have a healthy snack during your stay at the airport. Blood circulation and inner balance will be positively boosted.
Countless possibilities to enjoy a nice flight - great food and excellent sleeping conditions included. Seats that turn into beds, massage functions to ease your way to sleep, limitless entertainment options - who said you can't pamper yourself every once in a while? Use those extra miles you've been saving for a while and treat yourself as a royal.
Before heading to bed, οpen the drapes.
This way, you'll adapt to the local time and have the sun wake you up. Save your sleeping mask for the nights when your body still functions as if it were daytime, to help you sleep. As torturing as it may sound, it actually works well.
Don't force yourself to eat or sleep. Even if you have to.
Take full advantage of the insomnia caused by jet lag and explore the city.
How are you beating Jet Lag?
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