QUICK FIXES TO OVER­COME JET-LAG

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No mat­ter how much of an in­trepid trav­eler you are, there’s al­ways a nag­ging con­cern about trav­el­ing across dif­fer­ent time zones – bat­tling a jet lag is no easy feat, and cer­tainly not one of the feel­ings you’d want to wel­come – espe­cially if you’re all set to in­dulge your­self at that pic­turesque va­cay you’ve been dream­ing (and sav­ing up for, BIG TIME) about. For­tu­nately, un­like what it seemed like ages ago, jet lag is now per­ceived as a REAL (per­haps, first world) prob­lem. While there isn’t a magic con­coc­tion of sorts to tackle the is­sue and zap that over ex­hausted feel­ing post a hec­tic air jour­ney in a jiffy; a few reme­dies can re­ally go a long way in treat­ing that nau­seous long travel-in­duced syn­drome.

First things first: No mat­ter how much of a cliche it may sound like, it’s the lit­tle things that mat­ter: As a rule of thumb, al­ways travel equipped. It pays to be a plan­ner. So, put some thought to brace the dreaded lag. Make sure it’s not just the ap­parel but also a cou­ple of es­sen­tial ac­cou­ter­ments to pack be­fore fly­ing. Even if you’re blessed with the sleep­ing pat­terns of a baby, it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to carry handy es­sen­tials – Blind­folds, sturdy ear plugs, neck rests, puffy blowright up pil­lows and sock-like footwear are some of the in­cred­i­bly use­ful op­tions to con­sider. Also, the rea­son be­hind acute feel­ings of jet lag is per­haps of a seden­tary or lit­tle move­ment in the course of a long jour­ney. While it may seem hu­manly im­pos­si­ble to think of ex­er­cis­ing or slip­ping in for a stren­u­ous work­out, it’s of ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity that you must, at least, give your mus­cles some task. Easy an­kle-foot ex­er­cises are ac­tu­ally a lot do-able than you think it is. Take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get up from your seat, and walk for a bit. Stopovers are when you must not just laze around and rather, opt for a brisk walk or just get up and move about, espe­cially dur­ing the lay­overs. Con­di­tions like swollen foot and mus­cle pull are of­ten the re­sult of sit­ting in one po­si­tion with lit­tle move­ment.

Now com­ing to the big ques­tion: How much sleep is enough?: In all hon­esty, the time to sleep en­tirely de­pends on the time of de­par­ture of your flight. If you have boarded a mid­night or an early morn­ing flight, the big­gest mis­take to do is to not sleep be­fore­hand and rather sleep as soon as you en­ter the air­craft. This is a nat­u­ral process, and stay­ing awake all night only makes the body want to rest. But here’s the catch: as per the time zones of the place you’re fly­ing to, it will be day­time. So you need to avoid sleep­ing as soon as you en­ter. So no mat­ter how late it may seem, get your body ac­cus­tomed to the change in the time zones by in­dulging in other re­lax­ation ac­tiv­i­ties. Even binge­ing on light and non greasy snacks are rec­om­mended to while away your time.

Di­etary ba­sics: Your choice of food plays a vi­tal role in de­ter­min­ing how com­fort­able you are do­ing your jour­ney. While it may in­deed seem tempt­ing to guz­zle down a mug of beer or sip on some fine wine or cock­tail and then a lit­tle more; re­mem­ber to steer clear of al­co­holic drinks— this is a point to note, to al­ways keep you in good stead— ev­ery time you travel, turn away from in­tox­i­cat­ing drinks. On the con­trary to the pop­u­lar be­lief, al­co­holic bev­er­ages can make you tired, slug­gish and ex­tremely groggy on wak­ing up . Stick to light, eas­ily di­gestible veg­e­tar­ian meals. It’s also a lot bet­ter to not give in to ex­per­i­men­ta­tion: stud­ies show try­ing out dif­fer­ent or heavy cuisines dur­ing the course of a flight travel of­ten leads to a lot of un­easi­ness and tummy is­sues. And jus­ti­fi­ably so. The only thing worser than a jet lag could be a bloated feel­ing ac­com­pa­nied with it, right?

To caf­feine or not: While it’s of­ten sug­gested to stay away from a caf­feine over­dose, ar­dent trav­el­ers vouch for its ben­e­fits. Cof­fee shots or strong cof­fee in par­tic­u­lar is of­ten seen as a rem­edy. For in­stance, a warm cup of cuppa churned to this in­ten­sity is said to help: Mix a spoon of cof­fee in a 60ml shot glass with hot wa­ter. While this may seem like a quick fix, you must be dou­bly care­ful about not in­dulging in it in ex­cess; lest you may suf­fer from de­hy­dra­tion. In fact, while cof­fee is an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion, en­sure you keep your body well-hy­drated by sip­ping onto wa­ter to cre­ate that bal­ance. Ad­e­quate hy­dra­tion aids in bet­ter sleep.

Ap­parel : While it is no news that one must only wear loose-fit­ted com­fort­able cloth­ing, what’s im­por­tant to note is the choice of footwear. Al­beit it is quite pos­si­ble that you might want to wear those snazzy and seem­ingly com­fort­ably sneak­ers, slip­pers, flip flops and open san­dals have proven to be bet­ter bets while trav­el­ling. The idea is, ev­ery­thing you wear must fa­cil­i­tate one thing: cir­cu­la­tion. So hood­ies, jog­ger pants, loose fit­ted cot­ton kaf­tan tops and open toed chap­pals are some of the stel­lar op­tions to con­sider while fly­ing.

Time to go anti-savvy: While watch­ing a sit-com or catch­ing up on your favourite shows may seem like a great idea to whit­tle away time, we beg to dif­fer. As op­posed to of­fer­ing re­lax­ation, lap­tops, I pads, cell phones and ba­si­cally just about any de­vice ru­ins the chances of a more peace­ful jour­ney. In fact, it is best sug­gested to steer clear of all the de­vices at least an hour be­fore nap­ping.

In­ter­est­ingly, the very fact that the world is di­vided into 24 time zones en­sures you’re bound to ex­pe­ri­ence the wrath of a jet lag some­time in your life. How­ever, it’s also im­por­tant to note that a lot of sea­soned trav­el­ers re­al­ize how im­por­tant it is to ad­just your body to a par­tic­u­lar rou­tine. For in­stance, if you are plan­ning ahead and your trip isn’t some­thing that has cropped up out of the blue, re­mem­ber to plan out a sched­ule that is in tan­dem with the time zones you will be func­tion­ing at.

And last but not the least, one of the eas­i­est ways to get rid of a jet lag is to let the body just be. No mat­ter how im­por­tant it is to com­plete that pre­sen­ta­tion, or even if you feel you have rested enough, it is ab­so­lutely im­por­tant to give your­self a short break post land­ing. A break of at least four to five hours be­fore you get back to your nor­mal sched­ule.

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