This following is a guest post by “The Famous Ashley Grant”. Ashley is a writer and photographer based in Tampa, Fla. I spoke to her recently about jet lag and how to avoid it because many of my clients cruising internationally have to take long flights to get to their first port. Here’s what she had to say:
Jet lag is by far one of the most annoying travel issues I have dealt with to date! Late flights, missed busses, hotel room mixups- all of these issues fail to compare with the frustration of jet lag. I’ve experienced jet lag a few times, but I think I may have figured out a way to avoid it or at least lessen it for the next time I travel.
First, if there is a time zone difference I try to adjust in advance. For example, my trip to Thailand put us a full 13 hours ahead. So, to combat the time difference before we got on the plane my husband and I stayed up as late as possible to make our night our morning. Then, we took sleeping pills on the flight to force us to sleep during the time we would have been awake at home. The goal was to be on Thailand time by the time we landed. I still ended up needing a nap of about three hours upon arrival, but we quickly adjusted to the time zone. Other helpful things for this included sleeping masks and ear plugs!
Second, we got Z paks from the doctor. When traveling it’s common to get flu-like symptoms so we spoke to our doctor about how to avoid this. She gave us Z paks to begin as soon as we arrived. It was a three day dose to kill the nasty bugs that we most likely encountered in transit. Apparently taking vitamin C up to and during the trip would have helped combat this same thing according to people I’ve spoken to since the trip, but hey the point is to boost your immune system.
Third, we drank lots of water. Flushing toxins, boosting hydration, helping with digestion and combating jet lag? Water is like a wonder drug!
Finally, we opened the curtains in the hotels the night of our first night’s sleep. To force ourselves to wake up and not continue the annoying cycle of being awake at the wrong times we simply opened the curtains and when that viciously bright sun crept in the hotel room- voila! We were up when we were supposed to be and then exhausted by end of day fully acclimating us to our new time zone.
On the way home we simply reversed all we did to get us back on home schedule. Hopefully these ideas will help you avoid or at least minimize your jet lag should you be traveling for extended lengths of time.
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