7 Killer Ways To Beat Jet Lag

When you have paid a little fortune to take your dear family on that long awaited family vacation, the last thing you need is to feel tired or run down for a few days. The good news is jet lag doesn't really kick in unless you’re traveling across at least two time zones. But with awesome travel hacks parents need to know and these seven quick simple tips, you’re be sure to stay alert and ready for your entire trip.



Keep it the same

You can usually avoid jet lag by sticking to your normal routine. Keep your watch set to your ‘home’ time and just do what you’d normally do at home—eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.

This minimises your body noticing the time changes when you do this, and it will readjust without any problems on the way back.


Sleep like a baby

When you are traveling out of your normal time zone, you’ll want to try to keep to normal bedtimes and routines, especially for the kids. And while you might have trouble at first, try to get the same number of hours of sleep per night. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time when you’re away.

If you can’t fall asleep right away, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the hints and you’ll get all the sleep that you need.


Drink up  

Jet lag can be made worse by becoming dehydrated while in the air. To combat this make sure everyone is drinking plenty of fluids as you travel  — water and juices especially. Although it can be tempting, try and stay away from alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol can dehydrate the body so it should be avoided if you can. And if do, try  to follow each glass with a glass of water.


Find the rhythm

If you’re headed into countries where the time zones will change significantly, you'll want to set your watch when you get there and start following the local time. You’ll also want to eat when you are supposed to eat, play when you are suppose to play and sleep when it’s dark, etc.

By changing the routine directly into the 'new hours' you can help the family offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms and your body will automatically adjust.


When you arrive

One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise when you arrive at your destination. This can be as simple as a walk or a few star jumps in your hotel room to get your heart pumping. If it's not too late in the day, a little walk with the family will also help.

When your body gets exercise, it can ‘bank’ the extra energy and help you adapt to changing light conditions.


If you just can’t sleep

For the adults, when all else fails, you can try natural sleeping tablets to re-teach your body when to sleep. Melatonin has been widely studied, and it's now a commonly accepted part of effective jet lag treatment.


Natural cues

Aromatherapy is a great natural alternative to help aid sleep.

Find a good travel kits that includes soothing oils for relaxation. Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular for jet lag. That's because the lavender extracts help relax the mind and body, which helps in promoting a night of more restful and effective sleep. This can also be useful for kids over 3 years of age.


The bottom line

Jet lag is one of those 'common conditions' that everyone wants to avoid as it can spoil the fun! One thing we have found works for us is trying to adapt to new routines a few days before. So, if you have time to adapt to your new schedule before you leave, try to get up earlier or stay up later a few days prior to travel, closer to the time zone you’ll be on at your destination.

This wraps up this article. Good night, sweet dreams and don't let the bed bugs bite.


Happy trails..

Tack and Hoe Ping founders of TernX