Air Travel – How to Avoid Jet Lag?

Raghuram Sukumar Travel 4 Comments

So, how to Avoid Jet Lag after flying cross continents?  When you are traveling for more than a day across multiple countries and Ocean, you stand a good chance of begin caught by jet lag.

What is Jet Lag?

Jet Lag is:

  • Temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones.
  • It is considered a sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.

Some people don’t have jet lag, while others experience it to varying degree. For example, when I arrive in USA, I tired and sleep deprived.

I would sleep like a child the night after reaching my home. Next day, I would wakeup around 8 AM.

But, Jet Lag will catch up when I’m not tired anymore. I would feel sleepy around 3 PM U.S. time.

Why? That’s my  body clock at work.  It will take few days to a week to get adjusted to the local time zone.

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Following tips will reduce the time you will fee the effects of the jet lag.

  • Drink lots of water during flight. (This helps a lot)
  • Stretch your legs, arms, go for a walk in-flight. (I always take Aisle seat).
  • Avoid alcohol on the plane. (I never drink, not just plane).
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages as much as possible. (I take them in my last leg).
  • Drink Orange juice and keep hydrated. (My favorite drink on the plane).

After Arriving in USA (or your Destination)

Suppose you are arriving between 6 AM to Noon in USA, make sure you don’t sleep during your first flight out of your country (say India to Europe ). Since, you will be boarding your flight at mid-night  (mostly), it will be difficult, but worth the try.

Get god sleep during your next flight from Europe to port of entry in U.S. After you reach your final destination, don’t go to bed right away.

Try to stay awake till 8 pm. If you go to bed say around 3 PM or 4PM,  the effects of jet lag will be prolonged. You will have jet lagged for extra few days.

Personal Experience with Jet Lag:

My aunt and her 13 year old daughter came to visit us. They were here for 25 days in USA. So, in order to maximize their time, we took them shopping between 2 to 7 PM from very next day after they arrived in USA. First couple of days was very tough for them. But, eventually (3 days) they got used to it.

When my parents came to visit us and they were in no hurry to get rid of Jet Lag. It took them over 2 weeks to feel normal and adjusted.

Business Travelers will go to work the day land in USA. They will not have time to even think about the jet lag.

In reality the effect of jet lag depends on your needs and wants.

I have seen new students sleep during day time and and roam around the school at nights. It takes 2 to 3 weeks or even more to get used to local time zone.

When I go to India, it takes me about 7 days to get adjusted to Jet Lag, then after 3 weeks, I will fly back to USA. It takes about 2 days to get adjusted in USA. Because, I have to work and I can’t sleep at 4 PM during weekdays.

But, I would get up around 5 AM for next 2 to 3 weeks after my trip to India.

Force yourself to stay awake for first few days and don’t sleep during day time. That’s the MOST effective way to get rid of Jet Lag.

Comments

  1. Its really amazing to see HSB give suggestions in every area possible to make the students feel a bit relaxed. Keep up the good work, HSB.

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  3. Sir .u r a gr8 resource of info fr students aspirin to study in USA.
    I m curently in high skul.and wishing to pursue my undergrad fro US.
    I hav choosen community college to get diploma and further continuation fr a bachelor degree.
    I want to know tha ,willin to take admission to a community college rather than a university would affect my candidacy for F-1 visa or nt?
    And if it will then in what way?
    I have heard rumours ,that it is nt easy to get F-1 visa for community college.or impossible.
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    Tc

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