It is possible to minimize the effects of jet lag by following some basic steps before, during, and after the flight.
Before the flight
People are advised to get plenty of rest, exercise and follow a healthy diet. When the person is in good shape, it is easier to cope after landing.
Also, it is recommended to visit the doctor to plan a coping strategy for medical conditions that require monitoring, including when to take medications or any other necessary detail.
Another advice is to adapt to the destination time zone in advance. This includes starting the daily routine one hour before one normally does from three to four weeks before departure.
During the flight
To avoid dehydration, passengers are discouraged from taking alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Caffeine not only causes dehydration but also disrupts sleeping schedules. On the contrary, the recommendation is to drink plenty of water to help counteract the effects of the dry atmosphere inside the plane.
Passengers are encouraged to exercise legs while sitting and move around the plane when the seat belt sign is switched off, every hour or two.
One option to counteract jet lag is to break the trip if it is too long and stay overnight in some city. And, finally, to adjust sleeping hours on the plane to match the destination time.
A helpful way to minimize the jet lag is to adapt to the local time and eat accordingly, following the meals that correspond. Also, exposure to sunlight during the day is helpful.
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