How to manage a jet lag

Jet lag, or jet lag, is a phenomenon that cannot be avoided after a long flight if you have crossed more than three time zones. Its effect is greater when travelling eastward. Travelling westward, you are in fact moving “with the Sun”.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce your jet lag and get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Before the flight

Get some rest! Sleep well the days before your flight to be fit for the trip. You’ll be all the more ready to fight jet lag.

Adapt yourself little by little to the time of your destination. If you are going to the United States (-6 hours for the East side) prepare yourself by getting up, eating and going to bed a little later than usual.

During the flight

Change the time as soon as you get on the plane. On board you quickly lose track of time, especially on very long flights. So set your watch to the time of your destination to get used to it as soon as possible.

Sleeping, again, will allow you to regain your strength.

Avoid alcohol, which is considered bad for sleep. Some people advise to drink a lot of water during the flight.

After the flight

Expose yourself to the light as much as possible! It will allow your body to get used to the new rhythm of life faster. That’s why it’s easier to manage your jet lag in summer, when the sun is more present.

Keep your lifestyle habits. Stick to your usual schedules for sleeping, eating and exercising.