After crossing several time zones, many travelers suffer
from jet lag. Although there is no way to completely avoid jet lag, there
are a number of ways to help your body adjust to a new time zone.
- Try to go to bed a little
earlier a few days before you leave and get as much sleep as you
can during your flight.
- Many side-effects of jet lag
are the result of dehydration, so avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and
other caffeinated beverages; drink plenty of water during your flight.
- Eat lightly on your flight
and forego rich or exotic foods on the first few days of your trip
so that you can use your energy to adjust to your new surroundings
rather than to digest your food.
- Exercising on a long flight
will help alleviate such common discomforts as backaches, swollen
legs and feet, and general fatigue. Stretch at regular intervals,
and walk up and down the aisles of the plane from time to time to
prevent dangerous blood clots from forming.
Finally, take it easy on the day
you arrive so that you can take advantage of your trip at a leisurely
pace and establish a routine in sync with the local time.
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