Tuesday 20 February 2018

Top tips for avoiding jet lag

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Jet lag
Jet lag
Avoid napping as soon as you arrive to ward off jet lag
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Wearing sunglasses on a long-haul flight may be one way to help combat jet lag when different time zones mean our sleeping cues are in disarray.

The idea behind the glasses is that they control our exposure to natural and artificial light.

Other basic tips include:

* Establish a new routine - eat and sleep at the correct times for your new time zone, not at the time you usually eat and sleep at home

* Avoid napping as soon as you arrive - even if you're tired after a long flight, staying active until the correct time to sleep will help your body adjust quicker, according to NHS choices

* Spend time outdoors - natural light will help your body adjust to a new routine.

It's not possible to prevent jet lag, but there are things you can do to reduce its effects:

* Make sure you're well hydrated before flying and drink plenty of fluid (but not alcohol) during the flight. Try to rest during the flight by taking short naps

* If you're travelling east, start moving your bedtime earlier before you leave. Shift it a half-hour earlier each night for several nights before you leave.

* If you're traveling west, do the opposite. You can also try moving your meal times closer to the time you'll eat at your destination.

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