Jet lag is the feeling of extreme tiredness and other body effects felt when you take a flight across different time zones, it is also known as flight fatigue. It is regarded as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder which is capable of disrupting the internal body system or clock;there are several symptoms of jet lag:
Get Ready for the Change in Time
You can push your schedule either by 1 hour forward or by 1 or more hours backwards depending on the time zone of the country you are traveling to.
If you are flying across more time zones, you may have to start early so as to allow your body to adjust to the new time zone.
You can also go to bed earlier than you would normally do, when it is few days before your travel date if you are traveling east and if you are traveling west, try to sleep much later for several nights
Taking in many fluids before the departure of the flight will help you overcome jet lag symptoms. One of the most common symptoms of jet lag is dehydration, and dehydration is further worsened by the cabin air which is dry.
Try as much as possible to avoid drinks that contains alcohol or caffeine when traveling, and your hydration levels will be much better..
Embrace the time of your new Destination
When traveling, embrace the time of your new destination, if it is daytime, then stay away from sleeping in the plane and if it is sleeping time, try to sleep. You can make it easier to sleep by using earplugs and eyeshades, sleeping on a memory foam pillow, and also turn the air-conditioning valve on to allow cooler temperature which will aid your sleep faster.
Exercise and Play
When you get to your Destination, you can expose yourself to the sun; the light plays a great role in regulating our biological clocks, it will help you get accustomed to the new time zone.
You can also engage in the following activities:
Melatonin is a hormone that is created by your body when you go to bed in the night. When you take melatonin at the time you want to sleep, it will synchronize with the new time zone of your new destination.
It will reprogram your internal clock with the new time zone and help you overcome jet lag faster; you should also consider the following points:
Other supplements that you can take based on advice from your doctor is pycnogenol, it also has the ability to reduce jet lag symptoms.
The direction you travel determines the severity of your jet lag symptoms, traveling to the east is more difficult on your body than traveling to the west.
You can also adopt a modified Argonne Diet Protocol, eat normal lunch and breakfast on the day you are traveling then you can fast during the flight and immediately before the flight.