Jet lag can be a bitch. You land after a long overnight flight either feeling like you’ve had 1000 coffees, or like you’ve had no sleep for the past few months, and there never seems to be a happy medium.
There’s been lots of reports over the years on how to beat jet lag, but I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule to it. A lot of it can depend on which cabin you travel in too; having a flat bed to lie down and sleep in rather than try and turn your Economy seat in to some sort of upright sleeping device is always going to leave you feeling more refreshed.
I’ve done a fair bit of flying over the years in different cabins, and for me I think I’ve cracked the jet lag curse, at least most of it anyway. Here’s my top tips for beating jet lag:
Tip 1: Lie in as much as possible the morning of your overnight flight. If your hotel has a check out time of 11 or 12, use all of the time and just relax as much as possible.
Tip 2: When you’ve got to the airport and done the usual check-in/security thing, go and find something to eat, and go big. Fill up before you board the plane so you won’t want to eat anything onboard.
Tip 3: Buy a big bottle of water at the airport (post security), and resist the urge to drink any alcohol – for me at least, as soon as I start drinking alcohol I need frequent visits to the toilet and this will disturb you onboard.
Tip 4: As soon as you’ve taken off, locate the amenity kit the airline usually provides for you. In here there should be an eye mask – you’ll need this to shut out the light from the cabin.
Tip 5: If you have noise cancelling headphones, or if the airline provides ear plugs, pop them in to block out any noise.
Tip 6: Resist the urge to eat or drink ANYTHING onboard! This is the hardest thing for me, as I love plane food, but it will mess up your body clock if you have a meal onboard. If you’re thirsty, drink the water you bought at the airport.
Tip 7: Sleep. If it helps, listen to some music to help you drift off.
Tip 8: Once you’ve landed, try and stay up until your normal bed time. You can go to bed early, but only an hour or two before normal. You’ll have a solid nights sleep and hopefully will have gotten over the worst of the jet lag!
Hopefully these tips will work for most of you! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips.