Traveling is a huge part of my lifestyle and job as a blogger. I feel so blessed to be able to travel the world doing what I love but as much as I enjoy all the new experiences that come along with traveling, there’s one thing that can really ruin a trip— jet lag.
If you didn’t know, I’ve been traveling between the continents my whole life. I was born in Germany and went back and forth from the US to Europe where I spent parts of the year living with my Mom. When I was a kid, I used to get jet lag really bad and stay up all night watching episodes of Frasier – the only thing in English on TV. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve picked up a few tips over the years to combat jet lag and wanted to share them with you. Here we go!
SWITCH UP YOUR SCHEDULE
If you have a long trip planned in a different time zone, it’s a great idea to start adjusting your sleep pattern to that time zone. Try going to bed and waking up at the time zone you are traveling to for a few days to slowly get your body used to the new routine. I also always do this for the flight in to wherever I am going. If I am traveling to Europe and it is the afternoon when I’m leaving LA, it is already night there so I immediately go to bed as soon as we take off – I ask the flight attendants to not wake me up for food an when I wake up in the morning – I feel slightly adjusted already.
Working out before a long flight helps with circulation and will also relax tense muscles that would only grow more tense and uncomfortable on a long flight. So be sure to get a workout in and do a great stretch afterwards. This also helps when you get to your destination to hit the hotel gym.
KEEP IT MOVING
Whether it’s taking a minute to walk about the cabin or twisting in your seat, any activity is good for your body. Stiffness and discomfort only causes fatigue and makes jet lag worse. There are a few in seat exercises you can do as well like rolling your ankles, stretching your arms and my Mom’s favorite is to walk up and down the aisles.
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
I’m always tempted to take a nap as soon as I land but that actually makes jet lag a lot worse, then I end up staying awake all night. If it’s still day time try to find a few activities to fill up your time and put off sleep until nighttime. Being in the sun is also good to get your body adjusted to the change in time zones.
GET OFF YOUR PHONE
If you are staying awake late at night because you’re jet lagged, try and put your phone down so you aren’t so focused and alert, especially with a bright light. Pack some ear plugs and a face mask and try to relax and get some sleep. If you really need it, you can take melatonin to help you relax and go to bed.
I hope these tips were helpful, screenshot this post or bookmark it on your phone so you have this info before your next big trip. Happy travels!