To Avoid Jet-Lag
get jet-lagged. My secret?
- Get plenty of sun
a couple of days before departure (at least 1/2 hr
of morning sun each day).
- Drink plenty of fluids
during the flight except no caffeine or alcoholic
beverages. (Okay. So maybe I'll enjoy a glass of champagne
if it's offered to me. I shouldn't do it, but I'm
a sucker for the bubbly.)
on the plane rather than watching the movies.
- Whenever I wake up on the
plane, I go for a walk
up and down the aisles for 5-10 mins.
- Do stretching
exercises whenever I get up from my seat. While seated,
I stretch my calf muscles and flex my ankles at least
hourly whenever I'm awake. (This is important for
avoiding deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal
complication from sitting on a plane for long periods.)
- If you have to change planes
en route, take the opportunity to step outside the
terminal and stand in the sunshine
for a 1/2 hr or however much time you have and still
make it back through the security check points (it's
a drag but worth the effort).
- When I arrive at my destination,
I discipline myself to go
through the day normally at my destination,
eating meals on local time, not taking any naps, walking
around the neighborhood of my lodging so I get acquainted
with my surroundings, going to bed at a reasonable
hour (9-10p local time) and getting a good 8 hrs sleep.
As a result, I am on local time
and fully functioning from my first day at a destination.
Try it and let me know if my
system works for you.
Send your suggestions for beating
jet-lag to Carole.
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PS - When you fly north-south you will be much less
susceptible to jet-lag than when you fly east-west.
For example, the 8-9 hour flight from Los Angeles to
Papeete, Tahiti, is not nearly as fatiguing as the 10-11
hour flight from Los Angeles to London. That's because
flying east-west involves crossing many time zones whereas
flying more north-south involves crossing no or fewer
time zones. It has to do with the body's response to
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