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Tips for getting over jet lag

    We have all suffered from jet lag at some stage and wanted it to be over as soon as possible so we can get on with exploring our new surrondings. But what is the best way of getting over it? We turned to our Facebook fans to get their first hand tips.



    Set your watch

    Justin Kenner says:

    Set your watch to the time at the destination as soon as you get on the plane.

    Janis Wilson says:

    Set watch to time at destination, sleep on the plane (if night flight) and boring as it sounds, don't get pi**ed on the journey, only makes you feel worse when you land.

    Patricia Bolt DuLany says:

    Set your watch by the time of your destination when you leave, stay up the rest of the day, go to bed early. By the next AM, you will be fine and ready to go.

    Lynne Zac says:

    When you get on the plane change your watch to local time where you are going and use this time to decide when to eat and sleep. Once there, take melatonin tablets and use natural sunlight to help readjust, resist the urge to sleep in the middle of the day.



    Push through

    Rachel Wilson says:

    Suck it up to stay awake and go to bed at a normal hour in your destination!

    Stephanie Maddox says:

    Keep yourself awake until a normal sleeping time of your destination. When you arrive, have a shower and something to eat and then go for a wonder around. The excitement of a new place and the exercise will wake you up in no time.

    Natalia Djajarahardja says:

    Walk around town all day long after landing and you'll be so exhausted early in the evening that it's impossible not to sleep early.

    Helen Kenny says:

    Stay awake until bedtime in your destination always.

    Madison Elmore says:

    Stay awake no matter what time you get home and go to bed as late as you can stand it.

    Amanda Lee says:

    Just keep on going for the day and hit the hayyyyyy early night for a long well needed sleep.

    Rob Pritchard says:

    Stay awake as long as I can so that by my normal bed time I am absolutely shattered and having a short sleep then the next day will feel long but the sleep that night will be brilliant. I travel a lot and this seems to work for me.

    Michelle Cavanagh says:

    No matter what time you arrive at your destination, or how long the flight has been, don't actually go to bed until the evening. By all means make it an early night but don't be tempted to sleep during the day.

    Luisa Achcar Pereira says:

    If possible, always try to get in the morning of your destination. As you arrive, go spend the day out. Try stay up until it's night in your destination - if you feel like taking a nap, don't. Do this extra effort in the first day to only sleep when is really already night. When you wake up the next day you will be already in the regular time zone!

    Alaina Marie says:

    I try taking a long walk around the city I'm in. The exercise gives you an endorphin boost to finish the day and also will help you sleep that night. And hey, walking tour.

    Judith Van Dijk says:

    Adjust to the local time by just following the day, stay awake and go to bed early in the evening.



    Adjust your eating

    Caitlyn McKenzie says:

    The two obvious points are as soon as you board the flight sleep in your destination's night time only and have a caffeinated drink during the new time zone's day. The best way to keep yourself awake flying backwards is to motivate yourself around meals. Look forward to that one comforting or new and exciting meal time is a great way to stay awake. Getting to sleep is easy, just don't sleep the last 6 hours of your flight, and wake up for breakfast. Food is the key. Always the food.

    Jake McMillian says:

    Do not eat for 12-18hrs before arrival. Drink only water, and plenty of it. Your internal clock is primarily regulated by hormone levels driven by the foods you eat. By flushing the body and depriving it of nutrient on the day of travel it is forced to rely on external cues (daylight) to set its internal clock. Upon arrival, eat a meal appropriate for the time of day for your body. If arriving in the middle of the night, wait until morning for a big breakfast.

    Ben Freeman says:

    Fast for 16 hours, your system resets.



    Prepare for the local time zone

    Leon Beernink says:

    Pick up the daily routine of the new timezone.

    Joe Barry Rudge says:

    Adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible: Go to sleep when you normally would in that time zone. Fight it, and try and get back into a normal routine as quickly as possible.

    Gina Marie Longo says:

    I try to start adjusting my sleep schedule little by little before I even arrive.

    Andy Bettolli says:

    In the week before holidays, gradually adjust to the time patterns of your destination.

    Adventurous Andrea says:

    I like to give myself "pre-jet-lag!" For the few days before my trip, I gradually move my sleep schedule forwards or backwards. As far as getting over it, hydrate, stay in daylight when you need to stay awake, keep it dark when you need to sleep (hooray for sleep masks!), and eat rejuvenating foods.

    Peanuts or Pretzels says:

    Try to get your body aligned with local time - be awake when locals are awake, and sleep when they sleep. The sooner the better. The first day may be rough, but after that you should be fine!

    Ross Trower says:

    I always try adjusting my body clock a few days before, if not as much as a week. Eat your 3 square meals when you would at your final destination and include stopovers in your visit. It's the journey, not the destination!



    Change when you sleep

    Claudia Romero says:

    Go to bed at the same time every night once you get home in order to readjust your mental clock. Try not to sleep in too much the next few mornings.

    Renata Boni Ruschel says:

    I don't sleep the night before if the flight is during the day and I don't sleep at the flight also.

    John Newman says:

    I suggest avoiding sleeping for two days before you travel, then trying to reset your body clock by going to sleep at a normal time when you arrive at the destination you plan to stay at for a few weeks or more.

    Felice Schulze says:

    Sleep!! And listen to your body. Some people need to sleep it off, some people need to push through it, everyone's different. And drink HEAPS of water on the flight - no booze! Will make you feel even more dehydrated when you arrive.

    Julie Jones says:

    When flying double deckers, like British Airways, grab the emergency exit seats in the upper level. There is a huge space and when you're in the air you can just haul out a blanket and pillow and lie right in the space between rows. It's AWESOME! AND when doing lengthy layovers I go to a fairly remote spot(or even busy) and create a corral of luggage carts three carts deep and climb inside with all my stuff and go to sleep! No.one.can.find.you.

    Take a nap

    Tengku Zahasman says:

    What worked for me is to arrive early morning at your destination and take an "afternoon sleep" until say 4pm. Later that night, sleep again at the normal sleeping hour and you will wake up with the correct bio-clock from that point onwards. Seriously works.

    Marry Klein says:

    After a short power nap I start exploring the new city.

    Ségolène Roche says:

    Nap for one hour once you get there then get going.

    Jinnifer Louise says:

    Have a nap.

    Travis Cole Marcum says:

    If arriving at new destination in the morning As soon as you arrive, power sightsee in your area and then take a 2 hr nap before dinner. After dinner you will be rejuvenated enough to have an excellent first evening and not be in a "stay up all night" mode. If you arrive in the evening (after 6pm in your hotel, not when your plane lands) , slog it out and have a good dinner then call it a night after reviewing a map and making plans for your next big day.

    Devin Docherty says:

    A quick sleep upon arrival and then get up for the day. Go to bed at a normal time. Day 2 should be good to go.



    Take sleeping pills

    Licia Tait says:

    Melatonin.

    Marian Rzeszowski. says:

    Melatonin.

    Anissa Benrabah says:

    Melatonin pills! All natural and they work really well!

    Rayne Leonard says:

    Take melatonin to reset your circadian rhythms and sleep when your brain says not to.

    Aimee Tubnor says:

    Getting over jet-lag is not easy, prevention is definitely a better option! Stay hydrated with plenty of water. There are some homeopathic tablets called "Jet-ease" (available from Kathmandu stores and at airports in Australia and New Zealand) - these have really worked for me (my fellow travellers decided not to take them and suffered badly in New York while I was 100% fine). If it's a long overnight flight, try to take some herbal sleeping tablets to ensure you get a decent sleep, instead of being heavily drugged (just in case there is an emergency during the flight).



    A bit of everything...

    Biarta Garland says:

    I never eat food on a long flight it always makes me feel gross when I eventually get off the plane. I think it's because of the altitude or something. Sleep for the first half of the flight if its evening/night time when you arrive and sleep second half of the flight if its morning when you arrive. Also, most importantly try you're hardest to never think about what the time was in your previous destination because then you mind thinks 'oh it's really 10pm in bla bla bla I should be going to bed' then you will feel tired. Change your watch as soon as you land and only think about the time it tells you it is!

    Megan Elizabeth Graff says:

    Contrary to many people, before long flights (9+ hrs) I aim to get on the plane well-rested. I am able to sleep on planes but it is no substitute for proper sleep in a bed. What I do when I arrive depends on local time. If it is awhile until a reasonable bedtime, I will have a nap and then get up and go to bed at a normal time. (I know some people aren't able to wake up after only a few hours.) I drink coffee on the flight when it is morning in the target timeline. Lastly, I eat meals at meal times in the new time zone even if I don't feel hungry.

    Iona Rennie says:

    Set watch to time of destination, attempt to sleep on plane at times that are night at destination also eat at correct meal times of destination and upon arrival don't go to bed stay up until early evening/when you pass out and get up early following day!!



    Or stay!

    Quan Tran says:

    Stay permanently on holiday so jet lag will never be an issue!

    Malcolm Echaluce says:

    Never leave where you traveled to. That way, there is no jet lag at all!

    Dominik Trejmak says:

    Don't return home!



    Book hostels | Book tours | Travel videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more

    We have all suffered from jet lag at some stage and wanted it to be over as soon as possible so we can get on with exploring our new surrondings. But what is the best way of getting over it? We turned to our Facebook fans to get their first hand tips.



    Set your watch

    Justin Kenner says:

    Set your watch to the time at the destination as soon as you get on the plane.

    Janis Wilson says:

    Set watch to time at destination, sleep on the plane (if night flight) and boring as it sounds, don't get pi**ed on the journey, only makes you feel worse when you land.

    Patricia Bolt DuLany says:

    Set your watch by the time of your destination when you leave, stay up the rest of the day, go to bed early. By the next AM, you will be fine and ready to go.

    Lynne Zac says:

    When you get on the plane change your watch to local time where you are going and use this time to decide when to eat and sleep. Once there, take melatonin tablets and use natural sunlight to help readjust, resist the urge to sleep in the middle of the day.



    Push through

    Rachel Wilson says:

    Suck it up to stay awake and go to bed at a normal hour in your destination!

    Stephanie Maddox says:

    Keep yourself awake until a normal sleeping time of your destination. When you arrive, have a shower and something to eat and then go for a wonder around. The excitement of a new place and the exercise will wake you up in no time.

    Natalia Djajarahardja says:

    Walk around town all day long after landing and you'll be so exhausted early in the evening that it's impossible not to sleep early.

    Helen Kenny says:

    Stay awake until bedtime in your destination always.

    Madison Elmore says:

    Stay awake no matter what time you get home and go to bed as late as you can stand it.

    Amanda Lee says:

    Just keep on going for the day and hit the hayyyyyy early night for a long well needed sleep.

    Rob Pritchard says:

    Stay awake as long as I can so that by my normal bed time I am absolutely shattered and having a short sleep then the next day will feel long but the sleep that night will be brilliant. I travel a lot and this seems to work for me.

    Michelle Cavanagh says:

    No matter what time you arrive at your destination, or how long the flight has been, don't actually go to bed until the evening. By all means make it an early night but don't be tempted to sleep during the day.

    Luisa Achcar Pereira says:

    If possible, always try to get in the morning of your destination. As you arrive, go spend the day out. Try stay up until it's night in your destination - if you feel like taking a nap, don't. Do this extra effort in the first day to only sleep when is really already night. When you wake up the next day you will be already in the regular time zone!

    Alaina Marie says:

    I try taking a long walk around the city I'm in. The exercise gives you an endorphin boost to finish the day and also will help you sleep that night. And hey, walking tour.

    Judith Van Dijk says:

    Adjust to the local time by just following the day, stay awake and go to bed early in the evening.



    Adjust your eating

    Caitlyn McKenzie says:

    The two obvious points are as soon as you board the flight sleep in your destination's night time only and have a caffeinated drink during the new time zone's day. The best way to keep yourself awake flying backwards is to motivate yourself around meals. Look forward to that one comforting or new and exciting meal time is a great way to stay awake. Getting to sleep is easy, just don't sleep the last 6 hours of your flight, and wake up for breakfast. Food is the key. Always the food.

    Jake McMillian says:

    Do not eat for 12-18hrs before arrival. Drink only water, and plenty of it. Your internal clock is primarily regulated by hormone levels driven by the foods you eat. By flushing the body and depriving it of nutrient on the day of travel it is forced to rely on external cues (daylight) to set its internal clock. Upon arrival, eat a meal appropriate for the time of day for your body. If arriving in the middle of the night, wait until morning for a big breakfast.

    Ben Freeman says:

    Fast for 16 hours, your system resets.



    Prepare for the local time zone

    Leon Beernink says:

    Pick up the daily routine of the new timezone.

    Joe Barry Rudge says:

    Adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible: Go to sleep when you normally would in that time zone. Fight it, and try and get back into a normal routine as quickly as possible.

    Gina Marie Longo says:

    I try to start adjusting my sleep schedule little by little before I even arrive.

    Andy Bettolli says:

    In the week before holidays, gradually adjust to the time patterns of your destination.

    Adventurous Andrea says:

    I like to give myself "pre-jet-lag!" For the few days before my trip, I gradually move my sleep schedule forwards or backwards. As far as getting over it, hydrate, stay in daylight when you need to stay awake, keep it dark when you need to sleep (hooray for sleep masks!), and eat rejuvenating foods.

    Peanuts or Pretzels says:

    Try to get your body aligned with local time - be awake when locals are awake, and sleep when they sleep. The sooner the better. The first day may be rough, but after that you should be fine!

    Ross Trower says:

    I always try adjusting my body clock a few days before, if not as much as a week. Eat your 3 square meals when you would at your final destination and include stopovers in your visit. It's the journey, not the destination!



    Change when you sleep

    Claudia Romero says:

    Go to bed at the same time every night once you get home in order to readjust your mental clock. Try not to sleep in too much the next few mornings.

    Renata Boni Ruschel says:

    I don't sleep the night before if the flight is during the day and I don't sleep at the flight also.

    John Newman says:

    I suggest avoiding sleeping for two days before you travel, then trying to reset your body clock by going to sleep at a normal time when you arrive at the destination you plan to stay at for a few weeks or more.

    Felice Schulze says:

    Sleep!! And listen to your body. Some people need to sleep it off, some people need to push through it, everyone's different. And drink HEAPS of water on the flight - no booze! Will make you feel even more dehydrated when you arrive.

    Julie Jones says:

    When flying double deckers, like British Airways, grab the emergency exit seats in the upper level. There is a huge space and when you're in the air you can just haul out a blanket and pillow and lie right in the space between rows. It's AWESOME! AND when doing lengthy layovers I go to a fairly remote spot(or even busy) and create a corral of luggage carts three carts deep and climb inside with all my stuff and go to sleep! No.one.can.find.you.

    Take a nap

    Tengku Zahasman says:

    What worked for me is to arrive early morning at your destination and take an "afternoon sleep" until say 4pm. Later that night, sleep again at the normal sleeping hour and you will wake up with the correct bio-clock from that point onwards. Seriously works.

    Marry Klein says:

    After a short power nap I start exploring the new city.

    Ségolène Roche says:

    Nap for one hour once you get there then get going.

    Jinnifer Louise says:

    Have a nap.

    Travis Cole Marcum says:

    If arriving at new destination in the morning As soon as you arrive, power sightsee in your area and then take a 2 hr nap before dinner. After dinner you will be rejuvenated enough to have an excellent first evening and not be in a "stay up all night" mode. If you arrive in the evening (after 6pm in your hotel, not when your plane lands) , slog it out and have a good dinner then call it a night after reviewing a map and making plans for your next big day.

    Devin Docherty says:

    A quick sleep upon arrival and then get up for the day. Go to bed at a normal time. Day 2 should be good to go.



    Take sleeping pills

    Licia Tait says:

    Melatonin.

    Marian Rzeszowski. says:

    Melatonin.

    Anissa Benrabah says:

    Melatonin pills! All natural and they work really well!

    Rayne Leonard says:

    Take melatonin to reset your circadian rhythms and sleep when your brain says not to.

    Aimee Tubnor says:

    Getting over jet-lag is not easy, prevention is definitely a better option! Stay hydrated with plenty of water. There are some homeopathic tablets called "Jet-ease" (available from Kathmandu stores and at airports in Australia and New Zealand) - these have really worked for me (my fellow travellers decided not to take them and suffered badly in New York while I was 100% fine). If it's a long overnight flight, try to take some herbal sleeping tablets to ensure you get a decent sleep, instead of being heavily drugged (just in case there is an emergency during the flight).



    A bit of everything...

    Biarta Garland says:

    I never eat food on a long flight it always makes me feel gross when I eventually get off the plane. I think it's because of the altitude or something. Sleep for the first half of the flight if its evening/night time when you arrive and sleep second half of the flight if its morning when you arrive. Also, most importantly try you're hardest to never think about what the time was in your previous destination because then you mind thinks 'oh it's really 10pm in bla bla bla I should be going to bed' then you will feel tired. Change your watch as soon as you land and only think about the time it tells you it is!

    Megan Elizabeth Graff says:

    Contrary to many people, before long flights (9+ hrs) I aim to get on the plane well-rested. I am able to sleep on planes but it is no substitute for proper sleep in a bed. What I do when I arrive depends on local time. If it is awhile until a reasonable bedtime, I will have a nap and then get up and go to bed at a normal time. (I know some people aren't able to wake up after only a few hours.) I drink coffee on the flight when it is morning in the target timeline. Lastly, I eat meals at meal times in the new time zone even if I don't feel hungry.

    Iona Rennie says:

    Set watch to time of destination, attempt to sleep on plane at times that are night at destination also eat at correct meal times of destination and upon arrival don't go to bed stay up until early evening/when you pass out and get up early following day!!



    Or stay!

    Quan Tran says:

    Stay permanently on holiday so jet lag will never be an issue!

    Malcolm Echaluce says:

    Never leave where you traveled to. That way, there is no jet lag at all!

    Dominik Trejmak says:

    Don't return home!



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