Jet lag. One of the worst aspects on international travel, or sometimes even domestic. Travelling from one side of the planet to another is already tough work. Wouldn’t travelling be so much better without the whole time delay thing? Well, keep reading if you want to know our tips on how to dim the effects. Obviously, these things aren’t guaranteed to work for you, these are just tips we use that might be of use to you. But, it really does depend on your sleeping pattern and other aspects of your sleep that may vary the results. If you have any of your own tips, please leave in the comments below for everyone to see!
Tip #1: Get As Much Sleep As You Can!!!
I’ve been on trips to Europe where it takes about a day to get there from Australia and we end up getting there really early in the morning and we have to go straight to sightseeing or be up for the whole day. So, getting as much sleep as you can on the flight or even in the airport or before you leave will really go the extra mile! Get sleep whenever you have the chance.
Tip #2: Relax
This goes without saying, but, in order to sleep, you need to relax! Being tense and stressing about travelling just gets your mind working even harder. Take a deep breath and lower your shoulders. Your body needs to prepare for sleeping.
Tip#3: Make Yourself Comfortable
Make yourself comfortable! You have no chance at sleeping if you’re in tight clothes. Taking pyjamas or lounge-wear in your carry on is also good if you have to look nice when you land. Without annoying the person behind you, recline and stretch your legs out. Wrap yourself up in a blanket and use a pillow. You either use those neck pillows that wrap around your neck, an actual pillow (travel size preferred) or a rolled up jacket, jumper or shirt works just the same.
Tip #4: Force Yourself To Adjust To The New Time Zone
You can’t be sleeping in the middle of the day for more than a 2 hour nap when you arrive. Yes, it’s acceptable to take a little nap on the first few days but be careful. On a trip overseas last year we had a 24 hour travel to our destination and I took a nap when I got there (after having no sleep on the plane) and it took my parents 4 attempts to wake me up as I kept falling asleep after they woke me up. Needless to say, I was very grumpy that night. All in All, try to keep the napping to a minimum and just force yourself to adjust.
Some airlines, such as Air New Zealand Are launching this awesome idea called a “SkyCouch” It’s pretty much 3 seats (in economy) and the seats recline far back with a leg rest that forms a couch. Perfect for if you want to take a comfortable sleep without spending a fortune on a business or first class seat.
I know some of these tips seem a bit “far-fetched”, ridiculous or typical but these are just things I’ve picked up from my travel. Each to their own. Each person is obviously going to have a different experience so please let us (and the world) know by leaving a comment below!
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