1. If Possible Book A Flight That Arrives In The Late Evening
Usually after a long flight the first thing you want to do is go to bed, and that’s exactly why you should find a flight that arrives late, so you can. Between 8 and 9pm is the perfect time to arrive - by the time you get to your accommodation it will be time for bed, then you can sleep for as long as you want and be fresh the next day as well as being in the local time sync. Much better than arriving at 10am and desperately trying to stay awake until bedtime.
2. Consider Incorporating A Stopover
Why not cut your flight time in half by stopping off at another destination on the way. Not only do you tick another country off your list, but also make it easier to adapt to your final destinations time zone. There are some fantastic short stay stops between Europe and Australasia, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.
3. Adjust Your Sleep Routine
If you're travelling east try to get up and go to bed earlier a few days before you set off to help pre-adjust to your destination time zone. If you're travelling west try to get up and go to bed later.
On The Plane
4. Reset Your Watch
Change the time on your watch, phone and any other device to your destinations time as soon as you board. This will help you mentally prepare for the new time zone and also assist with step 5.
5. Live On Your Destinations Time Zone
If it is night time at your destination try to sleep; if it is day time try to stay awake. By doing this you will help your body clock adjust to your destinations time zone.
6. Pack Earplugs And Eyeshades
It can be hard enough to sleep on an aeroplane at the best of times, so try to make it as easy as possible by cutting out the engine noise and cabin lighting.
7. Drink Water Constantly
Hydration is the key to preventing jet lag – the dry cabin air is one of the main causes. You should drink at least a glass every hour you are awake on the plane.
8. Avoid Alcohol And Sleeping Pills
Drinking alcohol is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to jet lag, as it severely dehydrates you – there will be plenty of opportunity to drink when you arrive anyway. Sleeping pills and other medication are also actually more of a hindrance than you may think, leaving you groggy and your body clock even more out of sync.
Moving around regularly and doing in seat exercises helps to keep your blood circulating, making you feel more fresh on arrival.
When You Get There
10. Adjust To Your New Routine
No matter how tempting it may be do not lie in the next morning or go to bed early. Natural daylight is the best remedy for beating jet leg. Try to be as active as possible on your first day – it may be difficult, but will help you get over jet lag much more quickly.
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