Having logged more than 1,000 hours in the air this year, the Indagare team has compiled our ultimate guide to fighting frequent flyers’ No. 1 enemy: jet lag.
Every traveler knows that jet lag can have a significant impact on the first days following a long flight. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this common ailment occurs when the sleep-wake cycle determined by your body’s circadian clock conflicts with the daytime and evening hours of your new destination. You may not be able to avoid the symptoms entirely, but there are several steps you can take before and after your arrival to mitigate the effects of crossing time zones. Here are our best tips and tricks for combating the dreaded jet lag.
Drink plenty of water but avoid eating on the plane. Many flight attendants swear by this trick: eat something healthy and easy to digest before your flight, then stick to water while in the air. The idea is that avoiding salty airplane food prevents bloating and lethargy, while drinking only water keeps your digestive system from working extra hard once you land, reserving your body’s energy for helping you stay awake. Try to drink at least eight ounces of water every hour of your flight. If you need a snack during a long trip, consume unprocessed, light foods like unsalted nuts or fruit and juices at a time when you’d be eating at your destination.
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Spend time in the sun. Maximize your exposure to natural light during your first days on the ground. This helps reset your body’s circadian rhythm to match the daylight hours of your new time zone.
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A well-stocked carry-on is key for traveling in comfort, so scoop up these in-flight essentials before your next trip.
Hill House Home baby pillow, $120 Tiny pillows that are in a completely different league from those offered on planes and come in crisp, finely woven pillow cases.
Bose noise-canceling headphones, from $249 High-quality headphones that block out sleep-disrupting sounds—from the purring engine to crying babies.
Saje Pocket Farmacy oil blend kit, $60 Five roll-on oils that promote relaxation, relieve pain and release stress.
Ursa Major Essential face wipes, $24 Individually wrapped bamboo face wipes that are infused with natural ingredients like aloe and green tea and will clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate your skin all in one swipe.
Lululemon Refresh hot/cold bottle, $38 Double-walled, stainless-steel bottle that keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for nine.
Natural Calm Packets,$24 Magnesium powder that mixes with water for a natural sleep aid.
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