Anyone who has ever experienced a jet lag after a long flight knows that it’s a pain. It’s like a headache; you have no idea what it would be like if you had never had one and once it’s there it’s difficult to get rid of it. It is caused by travelling through multiple time zones and results in disorientation, disturbed sleep patterns and lack of strength. In particular if you are travelling for business, you generally won’t have much time to relax once you arrive at your destination. Better rest before the flight and on the way. And if you are flying to London, you do not want to relax. There’s just too many things to do and to see here. To help you avoid jet lags and to make sure you’ll arrive at your destination relaxed and full of energy, follow our guideline and you will be fine.

1) Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can negatively affect your well-being and has proven to frequently intensify jet lag effects. Keep your body hydrated and drink enough water and anti-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic and caffeine drinks should be avoided or kept to a minimum as they may disrupt sleep and cause other after-effects.

2) Exercise

It is important for your body and health to be exposed to the cycle of light and dark. This is why you should go for a walk once you arrive at your destination so that your body and brain can get used to the new timezone. In particular, exposure to day light helps your internal clock to adjust. If possible, try to book flights which arrive during the day.

3) Acclimate

Make sure you know at what time you will be arriving at your destination. If you are arriving during the day, you should arrive well rested. On the contrary, if your flight is arriving at night, it’s better to be tired so that you can sleep well at night and feel energized during the next day. To achieve that, acclimate yourself to your destination’s time zone before you travel. This means adjusting your sleeping and eating routines accordingly before and during your travels.

4) Stay Rested

While many may find it difficult to get a good night sleep in a small upright seat on a plane, it is possible! Earplugs, eyeshades and a neck support pillow help you get rest and privacy during your flight. It is also advised to always wear long trousers and a jumper. The air-conditioning in the plane might  cause you discomfort otherwise; particularly when you are asleep and your body temperature cools down.