Travel Tips: How to Handle Jet Lag

Some of jet lag’s effects can be minimized with planning.

Jet lag


Jet lag happens when we quickly cross three or more time zones. Your body and mind is then trying to adjust to the new day/night cycle.

The result can be profound fatigue, disorientation, sleep disturbances and lack of concentration. There is no shortage of cures for jet lag. Unfortunately, most are either impractical, ineffective, or both.

Before your trip

Several days prior to departure gradually adjust bedtime routine to synchronize with destination time zone.

While in flight

  • Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes that do not restrict circulation;
  • Drink a glass of water per hour in flight to avoid dehydration;
  • Avoid caffeine, which contributes to dehydration; eat lightly to reduce metabolic rate and put less stress on your body;
  • Exercise during flight by rotating head, shoulders and ankles. Contract and relax abdominal muscles. Stand occasionally and stretch.

After arrival

  • Light exercise, such as walking;
  • Continue to drink plenty of fluids;
  • Eat at regular local mealtimes;
  • Try not to nap until the local bedtime arrives and get on the new schedule right away.

If you have important work to take care of, consider giving yourself a day of rest after arriving at your destination.