BE­FORE YOU FLY

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Be­fore you even get near an air­port, choose your flights wisely. Try to fly di­rect (fewer stopovers means less time in the air) and try to ar­rive in the late af­ter­noon or evening, so that the tired feel­ing from fly­ing co­in­cides with a “nor­mal” bed­time at your des­ti­na­tion.

Fly­ing west (Bris­bane to Lon­don, for in­stance) is gen­er­ally eas­ier on the body clock than fly­ing east (Bris­bane to Los An­ge­les) be­cause you’re pro­long­ing the length of a nat­u­ral day.

When you’re fly­ing west, try to go to bed as late as pos­si­ble for two or three nights be­fore you fly.

Pre­par­ing to travel east is trick­ier, says Dr Siob­han Banks of the Syd­ney-based Sleep Health Foun­da­tion, be­cause ad­just­ing to jet lag re­quires ap­ply­ing light in sci­en­tific ways so you don’t make it worse.

“The trick then, is to not have too much bright light in the af­ter­noon and evening (on ar­rival), so wear­ing sun­glasses un­til the af­ter­noon can help.”

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