How to beat jet lag
- By Jack Preston -
- Jun 27, 2012
Need to be in perfect shape for that big business meeting? Want to get your summer holiday off to a lively start? Or just fancy avoiding walking round like a zombie? Jet lag can put a downer on a trip, with many of us left reeling from the effects of a change in time zones.
Helpfully, Virgin Australia have conducted some research and come up with a handful of ways to minimise the impact. If you fancy remaining focused following your next flight, follow these simple steps:
• Rest well prior to travel. Lack of sleep makes you more vulnerable to jet lag.
• Avoid stress by packing and planning well in advance – a stress free flight is important.
• Load up on carbs, research on clock genes shows subtle effects that indicate carbs boost your ability to sleep
• Reset your watch on the flight. As soon as you begin your flight, set your watch to the time at your destination and eat and sleep accordingly. This will help you to mentally prepare for your new time zone.
• Drink water when flying – avoid alcohol and caffeine. Dehydration messes with your internal clock and exaggerates jetlag symptoms.
• Light is essential for resetting your internal clock. If you arrive at your destination during the day get outside to take in the natural daylight.
• Reset your internal clock by eating, going to bed, and waking up according to local time
To book a flight and give the tips a test run, visit Virgin Australia.