Jet lag sucks. For anyone who has ever flown, that sluggish feeling of landing somewhere and being tired, brain dead, incapable of functioning correctly and everything in-between can get a trip off to a terrible start. No matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure, when jet lag hits, it’s hard to find the energy to get shit done.
Lucky for us, there are a number of different tips to fight back against jet lag, with a few experts sharing their advice on how to do so. And, with the summer coming up and many of us, presumably, setting dates to take to the friendly skies by jet-setting all around the world, you’d be wise to write these tips down and use them for yourself.
In an article from Business Insider — which reached out to experts about the do’s and don’ts of flying — here are some of the things travelers should do before, during and after their flight to avoid jet lag setting in.
- Make sleep a priority prior to traveling
- Pack for sleep optimization
- Time your sleep before your flight
- Cut out caffeine at all costs
- Consider upgrading your seat
- Avoid blue light during your flight, meaning no cell phones or tablets
- Stretch and move around during your flight
- Time your sleep on the plane
- Don’t drink the little airplane booze
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
- After landing, get into the sunshine
- Increase your heart rate once you’re back on firm ground
- Adjust the temperature in your hotel room to about 64 degrees
When it comes to fighting back against jet lag, a lot of those suggestions sound helpful. For instance, we should all know how drinking alcohol can impact our sleep cycles — just think about how crappy you sleep during the weekend after going out — as well as how consuming a bunch of caffeine can really throw off our sleep patterns, too.
Likewise, like other tips to snooze properly, avoiding blue lights from cell phones and trying to get ahead of sleep prior to or during your flight will help you feel a little bit more refreshed once you land. That’s why, while not 100 percent recommended, many people pop a sleeping pill to catch some Zzz’s on the flight, which can help them feel more awake once they get to their destination.
To see the full advice from the experts that Business Insider spoke to to avoid jet lag, head on over to their website for more details.