You may think jet lag is the result of spending way too much time on a plane… Not so. Jet lag depends on the number of time zones crossed rather than the length of the flight. The body clock gets out of sync with destination time, leading to fatigue or exhaustion, a feeling of disorientation or fuzziness, and the inabilty to sleep.

Travelers seem to have to most problems when flying east (ie Canada to UK). Plus, if you’re the type that follows a rigid routine, you’re more likely to experience jet lad as you’re not as susceptible to change.

Our best advice is to set your watch to destination time as soon as you board the plane – the sooner you start adjusting to your new time zone, the less the effects of jet lag.

Some other tips in avoiding jet lag are:

  • Drink Lots of Water
    Dehydration lowers your general health barriers to in-flight bugs, in addition to inhibiting body clock resetting. You may also feel deyhdrated from being stuck in an air-conditioned cabin for hours, which in turn can cause headaches, make your skin dry and make you more susceptible to colds or viruses.
  • Get Some Exercise
    Walking up and down the aisle, rotating your ankles and doing gentle stretching exercises in your seat can help to reduce discomfort, and allow you to have a more relaxed flight. Get out in the daylight when you arrive, preferably without sunglasses. Let the body know it’s in a new place. This will encourage your body clock to make the change.
  • Avoid Alcohol
    The impact of alcohol on the body can be two to three times more potent when you’re flying, so one glass of wine in-flight has the effect of two to three glasses on the ground. Avoid feeling even worse with a hangover by reducing alcohol intake before and during your flight.