Don't Let Jetlag Get You Down
Jet lag can really get you down and interrupt your sleeping patterns. It can affect your day, having you sleeping at lunchtime and awake at 3am. Jet lag can takes weeks to overcome and as a model it is less than ideal. Falling asleep on set or having bags under your eyes is the last thing you want. Here are some of my top tips for reducing your jet lag so you can get on with your life.
Before you leave try to adjust your sleeping and eating patterns. A couple of weeks leading up to your trip start to change your sleeping patterns and meal times. Sleeping and eating a couple of hours earlier or later depending on the time difference change. This is only worth doing for long trips. If you are only going for a week or a few days then you don't need to do this step.
Make sure you are well rested before your flight. Resting before your flight is a good idea to give you the best chance at avoiding fatigue and helping you feel fresh on your flight.
Try not to sleep on the plane unless it is a night flight. You should only sleep on your flight if it is at a time when you should be sleeping. Sleeping on a flight during the 'day' will only confuse your body clock. If you will arrive at your destination in the morning or during the day then sleeping during your flight may help give you the energy to last through your first day.
Drink lots of water. Hydration is key! Is there anything water isn't good for? Flying can really dehydrate you. Drink lots of water on your flight and avoid alcohol (it will make you feel worse). Being hydrated may help you to
Don't nap. Napping during the day when you are tired will confuse your body clock. Try to stay awake until it is an early bedtime in your city. This bit will suck but keeping yourself awake until it's the right time to sleep is paramount in overcoming jet lag.
Exercise. Smash out a full on workout at the end of your first day. You really may not feel like working out but it will help tire you out and give you a better chance at falling asleep that night when it is bed time.
Get lots of sunshine. Vitamin D can really help adjust your body clock and sleeping patterns. Get outside and feel the sunshine on your skin, it will make you feel so much better.
Go to bed even if you aren't tired. Just like your mum used to tell you. Go to bed at your bedtime even though you aren't tired. Switch off all of your devices and avoid watching movies(the light from screens can disrupt your sleeping). You can read a book if it will help you go to sleep, but avoid reading too late. Turn out the lights and try to sleep until you can eventually sleep.
Did you find this post helpful? What do you do to help combat jet lag? Let me know in the comment section below! Thanks for reading!