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How to Deal with Jet Lag



Jet lag sucks. Here is the best way that I have found to cure it and start adventuring!

  • Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated is very important because dehydration makes the symptoms of jet lag worse. Altitude, caffeine, and alcohol all contribute to dehydration. The humidity on a plane is very low, and the longer the flight, the drier it gets. The average person can lose up to 2 pounds of water in a 3 hour flight! So please drink water!! Hydration does not start the morning of your flight either. Make sure to be drinking water a few days before your trip. On the day of, don’t over do it because you don’t want to have to keep getting up to use the restroom on the plane!IMG_3496

  • Start syncing your sleep schedule before you get to your destination. If possible, start going to bed an hour or two earlier or later a few nights before your flight so that your body can slowly adjust to the new time zone. Also sync your sleeping while you’re on the plane. Tip: Distract yourself by looking up cheap flights everywhere. My main searches lately have been cheap flights to Dubai, South America, and Vietnam!

  • Sleep on the plane. If you have a flight for 6 or more hours, try to sleep on the flight in accordance with the time zone you are going to. For example, if you get on the flight at 3pm your time, and it is 10pm where you are going, try your best to sleep during the flight so that you can start syncing your body to the new time zone. I take a pill to help me fall asleep like melatonin or ZZZQuil. Most people think that alcohol is a good way to help them fall asleep, but the sleep that it results in is not a deep sleep, so you will most likely wake up still tired.IMG_1051

  • Don’t take a nap once you get there. Believe me, I know that after flying all day and reaching your destination, a nap sounds like the best thing in the world. Especially if it’s 4am in the time zone your body is used to. But please, don’t give in! It will take your body so much longer to adjust if you allow it to sleep according to a time zone you’re not in. Tough it out and keep yourself from falling asleep during the day!

  • Get “grounded.” Getting grounded is reconnecting yourself to the Earth and the electrical energy of Earth’s field. The earth gives off negative electrons which help balance the (bad) positive electrons that we acquire which cause imbalance and inflammation in our bodies. After flying, we are very disconnected with the earth and don’t get it’s healing negative electrons. All you have to do is take your shoes off, and step outside!beach_footprints

Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! I’m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

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