In the following article I will be explaining why you feel the effects of Jet Lag and how these effects can be prevented. I will also introduce my Jet Lag Calculator to help you prepare for a long haul flight.
Many frequent flyers stand by the fact that if you keep yourself hydrated and get plenty of rest the effects of jet lag should go within a few days. However, there are some other ways to stop Jet Lags effects and there are remedies to stop you getting it all together.
If you were to fly from London to Alaska you would be travelling 9 time zones. The time in Alaska would be 11PM and so the effects of jet lag would be severe as this is an extensive trip. The flight time would be roughly 8 hours and so in your mind the time should be 4:00pm but the actual time would be 12pm
Jet Lag occurs when you travel over 3 time zones in a short space of time. This causes your body clock to become out of sync with the destinations time. Jet Lag’s effects rely on the amount of time zones you are crossing at once. For example, a person travelling from London to America would likely experience less severe symptoms than someone travelling from London to New Zealand.
A common remedy so subside the effects of jet lag is to put yourself under light therapy. This is where the night before you travel you expose yourself to bright light. This helps your body to adjust pre-emptively. Another way to stop the effects of Jet Lag is to adjust to the new time zone before you leave. An easy way to do this is to add your destinations clock to your phone and start adjusting to it gradually.
An unusual remedy to help with the effects of Jet lag is to wear sunglasses for the duration of your trip. This helps your body to not absorb so much natural light and keeps your body clock from going out of sync. Some travellers recommend booking plane tickets that include a stopover, this usually results in a cheaper flight and can allow for the body to cope with smaller time zone changes.
Here are some examples of common Jet Lag symptoms: