“What Works” – How to Beat Jet Lag (story from 2002 on advicesisters.com)
Anyone who travels knows the havoc jet lag can cause to your body, your psyche and your skin! No matter what you do, on a long trip the chances are good that you will end up stumbling off the airplane exhausted, a little disoriented, and with skin that feels uncomfortably dry and itchy.
Many travel “gurus” have explanations as to why jet lag occurs. Although there are many products and remedies on the market which purport to beat or minimize jet lag there is still little on the market to beat jet lag that really works.
Try These Tips:
While we can’t promise you’ll beat jet lag altogether, try beating it with these simple tips (yes, they do work!):
Wear comfortable layered clothing onboard so you can adjust yourself comfortably to the cabin temperature as the trip goes along.
On long flights wear soft and flexible shoes onboard, and bring slipper socks to keep comfortable (feet swell in the air). Be sure to get up and WALK every hour or so to keep the circulation going in your body, and you may keep the swelling down to a minimum. Get those shoes back on at least a half an hour before landing or you may struggle to get off the plane!
Drink plenty of WATER during the flight, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This is one easy way to help beat jet lag. The super-dry air will dehydrate your body and your skin. Carry a tube of moisturizer (particularly if the flight is very long) and a small spray bottle of sterile water (E.g. Evian). Use them often on your face and hands during the flight to keep them hydrated.
Drinking alcohol may make the flight speed by, but you’ll hate the way you feel when you come back to Earth. The effects of drinking are magnified at high altitudes, and alcohol also dehydrates you. Resist the urge to drink alcoholic beverages during the flight.
Bring some healthy snacks and avoid airplane food and keep jet lag from getting to you.
Using earplugs or music devices helps to drown out cabin noises and keep relaxed so jet lag doesn’t overtake you. If possible, skip the movie and get some sleep!