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How To Avoid Jet Lag

There’s a long scientific explanation for jet lag but basically it’s a sleep disorder that results in extreme overtiredness from rapid long-distance trans-meridian (east–west or west–east) travel on long haul flights.

If you’re flying through multiple time zones, you’re going to be feeling a little out of sorts when you reach the other side. As a rule of thumb, experts say budget one day of recovery time for every time zone crossed. This isn’t great news for business travellers who sometimes have to go straight into important meeting as soon as they step off the plane. Likewise if you’re a leisure traveller, who would want to arrive in an exotic island destination and go to sleep!

Try some of the jet lag tips below next time you fly and perhaps you’ll be able to avoid jet lag.

Symptoms of Jet lag

Identifying the symptoms of jet lag is an important step if you’re going to prevent chronic jet lag. Jetlag symptoms are varied but can include any one or more of the following:

Jetlag Prevention

As the old saying goes, prevention truly is the best cure when it comes to jetlag and there are some steps you can take in order to prevent jetlag. Some of these are obvious jet lag prevention tips are obvious but are often overlooked in favour of the inflight entertainment.

Remedies for Jet lag

While some seasoned travellers prefer holistic treatments for jetlag, others prefer the medicinal variety, while others just ‘grin and bear it’. Each to their own but I prefer preventing jet lag naturally rather than resorting to heavy medication that can leave you feeling groggy and ill when you eventually come out of it.

Read about the holistic travellers first aid kit.

Try the jet lag prevention tips outlined above. Some companies claim to have the ‘miracle jet lag prevention cure’ but in my opinion it’s better to adjust naturally. Finally, if you’re going to take something for jetlag then speak to your doctor first and don’t just take any old sleeping tablets.

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