Nothing is worse than touching down in a far away land ready to experience your new surroundings, but feeling like an absolute zombie. It has happened to me, and it can happen to you too if you don’t take some proper precautions. That zombie feeling is called jetlag and I’m here to help you deal with it.
1) Take Naps
I’ve read conflicting things about napping and jetlag. In my opinion, listen to your own body. If you need to take a nap, go for it. I do not want to walk around sight seeing, feeling like I’m going to pass out. It is not fun, and you won’t look back on those memories fondly. Personally, if I touch down at say 3pm, I check into my hotel by 4:30pm and I will sleep until 6:30 or 7:00. I then get up for dinner and then head back to sleep at a reasonable time say 11pm. The next day I will wake up at 7:00 am or so and I try my hardest to stay awake the entire day. But, If I’m dead tired in the middle of the day I will take a nap. Just do what works the best for your schedule.
2) Take Melatonin
Melatonin is a natural hormone released in your body that lets it know its time to go to sleep. You naturally produce it at night before bedtime. When you are getting adjusted to your new time zone I would suggest taking melatonin to naturally reset your internal clock. You should take it about an hour before you want to fall asleep. I also take it when I return from a trip to get me readjusted to my home time zone. I have been using this for over a year and it has worked wonders for me. Consult your doctor before taking any new supplements.
3) Use Sunlight To Your Advantage
Specifically, on the first few days in the new time zone. Try to spend most of the day light hours outside. I try not to wear sunglasses either to get the full benefits. The sun really does help reset your natural clock. Plan outdoor sight-seeing, sit near the window in restaurants ect. Soak in that sunlight!
Utilize these tips and you will be jetlag free in no time! Let me know how you deal with jetlag in the comments below.