Not all of us suffer from jetlag but let’s face it, most of us do. Some more than others.
It doesn’t seem to matter how long you have flown or how many hours difference, you can still feel ‘not right’ when you land in paradise.
So what are some helpful tips to deal with it?
- Set your clock, both on your arm and in your mind, to local time as soon as the plane takes off. Mentally accepting it does make a difference.
- Do what the locals would be doing in the new destination. If they would be sleeping - do that. If they would be eating - do that. Swimming is a bit harder. You’ll have to wait sorry.
- Get as much sleep as you can if appropriate and use ear plugs, eye mask and a natural sleep supplement. Melatonin is best.
- When you arrive stay awake as long as you can in the evening. Don’t nap. If you do keep it to 30 minutes.
- Eat very light and healthy meals as your digestion will be sluggish from travel and this will disturb your sleep
- Get fresh air and that swim if you feel safe enough to swim (some people suffer terribly so if you have vertigo then don’t swim - trust your instincts)
- No alcohol on the plane.
- Drink lots of water. Use an electrolyte when you land for a day or two to rehydrate.
- Wait a day or two for that Mai Tai. Your body will thank you. Have a delicious mocktail instead.
- If you wake up during the night try taking another melatonin. Don’t open your smartphone as the blue light will tell your mind its wake up time (circadian rhythm).
- Get exercise. Push through it, it will pass in a day or two.
Its definitely worth being aware of the jetlag when planning your itinerary. Put off any hikes or major activities with early starts until day 3 at least. Give your body time to adjust and you will enjoy the trip much more. Be patient with fellow travelers - we are all different.
What other tips do you have for jetlag?
Have fun in Hawaii.
Juliette - Sound Asleep