Jet lag! What a pain! You get a few week’s
holiday, plan a great trip and spend the first few
days suffering from jet lag.
Here is an advice
Written by Daniel Blickling
someone who spent his life
flying and I quote,
“I worked for an airline for 5 years during which
the time I did a lot of travel for both business and
pleasure, this gave me plenty of practice to learn
the best tricks to help defeat jet lag.
Through research, and trial and error I figured
out what really works! So much so that I was able
to go to work in London on a Wednesday, fly to
Australia that evening, arrive Friday morning,
attend a wedding Saturday, fly back Sunday, go to
work Monday and adjust to both time zones AND I
had bronchitis the whole time (mental I know).
Here are the tricks I learnt (drugs not included):
1. Adjust to the time at your destination early
Before you even get on the plane, change your
phone and wristwatch to the time at your
destination. Now that you have done that, get an
idea of when you should sleep and when you
shouldn’t. Also, never check the time of the place
you departed, knowing that ‘you should be asleep’
is very bad!
2. Try to plan in a stopover
This is something I’ve done a lot but you can only
do one really long journey’s. I used to fly
from London to Australia twice a year for 5 years
because I have family there. To break it up and
see more countries during my trip, I’d always do 1
or 2-night stopovers on the way; I’ve visited
Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and a
few others. After all, visiting a new city is
exciting and as a result of this technique, I was
always able to conquer jet lag early on.
3. Day 1 is the hardest, so keep busy!
Day 1 is tough, especially if you land at 5 am and
have a whole day to get through. Make sure to have
plenty planned for your first day to help you get
through to the end and sleep through the night. In
general, if you don’t break the cycle on day 1
then the chances are you will take 3 or more days
to properly adjust. So make sure to fight through
To help you get through Day 1, spend as much time
as you can outside soaking up the sun. For two
reasons, firstly it’s a bit more difficult to fall
asleep while hiking, secondly being in the sun
produces serotonin which keeps you awake.
You won’t fall asleep trekking here -Blue mountains
near Sydney You won’t fall asleep trekking here
-Blue Mountains near Sydney
4. Avoid Naps
Having micro naps throughout the day is a terrible
idea, don’t do it. You’ll have a nap for an hour,
wake up and still be tired and think ‘I’ll just
sleep another hour and its game over buddy! If
you arrive at 5 am then have a proper sleep for a
few hours and then power through the day. NO NAPS!
5. Know your techniques to get a good night sleep
Not just lavender oil on your pillow, but anything
that helps you wind down and really get you ready
for a good night sleep, maybe a bath is what you
want? Or read a book? The point is, do everything
you can to help you get through the entire night
and not wake up at 3 am. This is also why naps are
a big NO-NO and keeping busy during the day is
6. Keep hydrated
It’s easy to forget to drink throughout the day
but make sure you do! It helps your body fight
fatigue and gets you through the day.
I left this one till the end because if you read
it first you would probably have stopped. I’m not
trying to convert you to Chinese medicine and I’m
not an expert on how it works. Placebo or not,
I’ve had a few acupuncture sessions straight off
the plane and I don’t know why but it helped me
get through day 1, sleep really well, and be on
the clock by day 2. Now, I know it’s a tall order
to suggest you get off a flight and find the
the nearest acupuncturist to book in a session, but if
you really struggle with jet lag, consider it.
And there you have it! I will mention that there’s
a bunch of other things that impact jet lag for
instance flying business class, getting a good
seat, having a good in-flight experience, arriving
in the afternoon (that’s ace) etc. However, these
are often out of your control so there’s little
point in going into the detail.
We hope this guide will help you conquer jet lag
on your next big trip, let us know if you have any
other suggestions by replying to this email so that I can
add for others to read.”.
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Charles V Kaluwasha
C EO at CJ Investiment.
Phone: +1 260-243-5500
Golden Bay, Perth
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