Are you sick and tired of dealing with jet lag every time you travel for business?
Jet lag can be annoying for anybody, but it can be especially annoying for those traveling for business.
You’re not just hopping off the plane and going to the beach. You likely have meetings to get to, people to meet, and important work to do, all in a short span of time.
But, what can you really even do about jet lag?
In this article, we’re going to go over 7 quick jet lag cures for business travelers. Read on to learn more.
What is Jet Lag, Really?
Before we talk about how to cure jet lag, we first need to go over what jet lag actually is, as this will make it easier to overcome it.
Essentially, jet lag is a set of symptoms that happen when our bodies internal clocks are off. That’s right, each and every one of us has a built-in body clock.
This clock is comprised off a group of cells that tell our bodies what time it is and what they should be doing. These routines our cells tell us to follow are known as circadian rhythms.
Flying can throw these rhythms into complete disarray. And moving through even just one time zone can cause our bodies to exhibit symptoms such as appetite loss, concentration issues, memory issues, bowel problems, and indigestion.
Together, these symptoms comprise of what we commonly refer to as jet lag.
Jet lag affects everybody differently, however, as a general rule, scientists believe it takes a full day to recover from each time zone.
This is fine if you are just planning to lie on the beach. But, you likely don’t have a full day or more to spare if you are traveling for business.
So, let’s look into the 7 ways you can quickly deal with jet lag.
1. If Possible, Fly Business Class
Not everyone has the luxury to be able to fly business class, but seeing as you’re flying for business, this might be one you can actually swing.
Flying in business class can make a huge difference, as it will give you a chance to stretch your legs, plus lie down and rest.
If you don’t already fly business class for work trips, it’s at least worth putting in the request for longer flights and explaining to your boss how it could help you be more productive.
2. Expose Yourself to Daylight
When you arrive at a new destination, it can be tempting to get to your hotel, draw the shades, and pass out for a quick “cat nap.”
However, this cat nap usually turns into an all-day snoozefest, and it’s not doing you any favors in terms of getting over your jet lag.
To get over your jet lag, you want to expose yourself to daylight. So, instead of passing out in the hotel room, drop your stuff off an go for a quick walk in the sunlight.
3. Stay Away from Caffeine and Alcohol
Many people think that caffeine and alcohol can act as a cure-all for jet lag, but it’s actually quite the opposite.
Alcohol can actually keep you awake, and when combined with jet lag, things can get really nasty.
Caffeine already messes with your clock on a normal day, so drinking it on a travel day can make things even worse.
So, opt out of the in-flight sodas, coffees, and cocktails, and instead, stick to water or a warm cup of tea. Your body will definitely thank you later.
4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep Before You Fly
What you do the night before you fly is essential in order to prevent jet lag.
Do whatever you can to get a good night’s sleep before you fly. You are already going to be changing your routine in your new destination. Changing your routine the night before you fly by only sleeping a few hours or so will just make everything worse.
Like we said earlier, getting off the flight and taking a nap can be oh so tempting.
But, you need to do what you can to stay awake. If walking around in the sunlight isn’t an option for where you are, hit the gym instead.
Nearly every hotel has a gym in it and taking even just a half an hour to get some exercise can be just what you need to wake yourself up and get rid of your jet lag symptoms.
6. Relax Your Schedule
Even if your schedule is go-go-go, you should still try to find a way to relax it the days before you fly.
Try to get the majority of your work done at the beginning of the week you fly, then use the couple days leading up to the flight to take care of easier work tasks.
Arriving at your flight relaxed and rested is much better for your jet lag than showing up already fatigued and worn out of the work week.
7. Avoid Night Time Arrivals
Traveling for business means there’s a good chance you don’t control your arrival times. However, if at all possible, see if you can get a flight that arrives during the day as opposed to the evening.
Keeping yourself awake and energized is a lot easier to do if you arrive during the day.
Ready to Test Out These Jet Lag Cures?
As you can see, there is no magical potion or elixir that serve as jet lag cures.
You just need to do the simple things you can to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready.
But, maybe the jet lag is the least of your concerns, and you’re more scared about the flying itself. For tips on how to deal with the fear of flying, check out this blog post.