Whether you're traveling for work or pleasure, there's nothing worse than arriving to your final destination feeling tired, run down, and just BLAH... Amiright?! 🛫
While jet lag is the worst, it doesn't have to get you down! Check out these 5 jet lag cures that will change the game when it comes to travel.
1️⃣ Stay hydrated. Flying can lead the dehydration for a few reasons - the planes themselves are super dry because the circulated air has very low humidity (which is actually good to help avoid the spread of germs). Additionally, it's easier to forget to drink enough water because let's face it - travel can be hectic!
How to: BYOB water bottle, and drink 12oz of water (plus electrolytes!) before, during, and after your flight. 💧
2️⃣ Avoid booze for the 24 hours surrounding your travel. I know, I know - but you're in vaycay mode! 🍹But trust me on this one: if you avoid the booze leading up to and right after you travel, you'll be much less likely to get dehydrated, you'll be able to sleep better, and will avoid the amplified hangover that can come with drinking over 30,000 feet.
How to: Opt for other non-alcoholic faves such as iced tea, sparkling water, or a fun mocktail.
3️⃣ Try to go to sleep at a normal, local-time bedtime. This might mean you have to force yourself to stay up even when you're exhausted to make it to say, a 9pm bedtime - OR go to bed a little earlier than you normally would. But the upside? The next day you'll be well-rested and able to take advantage of the whole day!
How to: Keep yourself busy and moving until bedtime - go explore the new city! Absolutely need a nap? Keep it to no more than 60 minutes so you'll be able to fall asleep at night. 💤
4️⃣ Take Melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone that helps regulate your circadian rhythm. Recent studies have shown that taking a melatonin supplement can help with jet lag, as it helps your body get back on track quickly.
How to: Take 1-5mg of a high-quality supplement about 30 minutes before the [local] bedtime for a more restful night of sleep.
5️⃣ Move your body! Even though you may be feeling a little "blah" and might have the urge to just lounge around, GET MOVING!! After sitting on the plane for several hours, your body is craving movement. This helps blood flow through your body, will give you a boost of energy, and will of course help you sleep better at night.
How to: Go for a walk, check out the new city, hit the hotel gym for 20-30 min - anything to get moving! 💪
I hope these tips will help you avoid jet leg and ENJOY your travels! Have any other jet lag busters? We would love to hear! Please shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!