In the past month, I found myself on a whopping 12 flights (!). Admittedly, I didn’t fully grasp the extent of this when booking them all. Apart from the discomfort of spending so much time in airplanes, the constant jumping between time zones feels downright crazy. It’s like bouncing back and forth into the future.
To break down the time zone saga, let me walk you through the destinations. First up, a flight from Curacao (in the Caribbean) to Medellin, Colombia Then, it was Medellin to Bogota and Bogota to London. After that, a leap from London to Hong Kong and a direct flight to Hanoi (Vietnam), followed by Hanoi to Singapore and Singapore to Da Nang (Vietnam), From Da Nang back to Hanoi, then Hanoi to Doha, and finally, Doha to London. From London to Amsterdam, and lastly, from Amsterdam back to Curacao.
Phew! That was a whirlwind of time zones, but surprisingly, I managed to avoid major jet lag. It can be a real challenge, but fear not! Here are 7 simple tips and tricks to help you reclaim yourself after those long-ass flights.”
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Imagine your body is a thirsty plant, and water is like sunshine. Drink lots of water before, during, and after your flight. It helps combat the dehydrating effects of flying.
2. Adjust Your Watch ASAP
The moment you board the plane, set your watch or phone to the time of your destination. This helps your brain start adjusting to the new time zone.
3. Get Moving
Once you arrive, resist the urge to nap right away. Instead, go for a walk or do some light exercise. It helps reset your internal clock and keeps you awake until it’s an acceptable bedtime at your new location.
4. Follow the Local Schedule
Jump into the local time zone routine as soon as possible. Eat meals, go to bed, and wake up according to the local schedule. It helps your body sync up with the new time zone faster.
5. Natural Light Exposure
Sunlight is your best friend. Spend time outdoors during daylight hours to help regulate your body’s internal clock. If the sun is still up when you arrive, soak it in.
6. Power Naps (but Not Too Long)
Short naps (20–30 minutes) can be your secret weapon. They provide a quick energy boost without messing up your sleep schedule. Avoid long naps that might interfere with nighttime sleep.
7. Melatonin Magic
Consider using melatonin supplements, a natural hormone that regulates sleep. Take it about 30 minutes before bedtime at your destination. It can help your body adjust to the new sleep schedule.
Remember, everyone is different, so experiment with these tips and find what works best for you. Safe travels!