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THE BEST TIPS TO NOT FEELING BUSTED AFTER LONG FLIGHTS

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Trust me when I tell you, that GURL, I HAVE TAKEN SOME FLIGHTS THAT WOULD TEST THE MOST PATIENT SAINT!

I’ve had some of the worse jet-leg imaginable and have truly struggled to recover from flights and the older I get, the worse it has become.

For me, comfort take priority over everything, cause traveling full-time with a toddler is STRESSFUL.

I’ve complied a list of tips Ive learned throughout the years on how to fly like a rock star and survive marathon flights.

THE BEST TIPS TO NOT FEELING BUSTED AFTER LONG FLIGHTS
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1. Keep it the same

When you’re not traveling for long, you can usually avoid jet lag by sticking to your normal routine. Keep your watch set to your ‘home’ time and just do what you’d normally do at home—eating, sleeping, exercise, etc.

Your body won’t even notice the time chance when you do this, and it will readjust without any problems on the way back.

2. Sleep like a baby

When you’re traveling out of your normal time zone, you’ll want to try to keep to normal bedtimes. And while you might have troubles at first, try to get the same number of hours of sleep per night. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time when you’re away.

THE BEST TIPS TO NOT FEELING BUSTED AFTER LONG FLIGHTS

Even if you can’t fall asleep right away, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the clue and you’ll get all the sleep that you need.

3. Fill yourself up

Many times jet lag can be made worse by becoming dehydrated on your trip or while you’re headed there on the plane. To combat this you’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids as you travel—water and juices especially. 

Alcohol can dehydrate the body so it should be avoided if you can. And if you’re expected to drink at a business function, just follow each glass with a chaser of water.

4. Find the rhythm

When you’re headed into areas where the time will change significantly, you want to set your watch when you get there and start following the local hours. You’ll want to eat when you are supposed to eat, sleep when it’s dark, etc.

By changing the routine that you’re used to directly into the new hours, you can help to offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms.

5. When you arrive

One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise when you arrive at your destination. This can be as simple as a walk or a few calisthenics in your hotel room. Do a few jumping jacks to get your heart pumping or start touring the town.

When your body gets exercise, it can ‘bank’ the extra energy and help you adapt to changing light conditions.

6. If you just can’t sleep

When all else fails, you can try a sleeping pill to re-teach your body when to sleep. Normally this isn’t recommended, but when you’re on an extended trip or you have to switch time zones frequently, a sleeping pill can help to give you some rest in order to be alert during the day.

7. Natural cues

 Try aromatherapy.

THE BEST TIPS TO NOT FEELING BUSTED AFTER LONG FLIGHTS

Find a good travel kits that includes oils that you can smell for energy as well as soothing oils for relaxation, like lavender.

This post contains affiliate links.  Please find a link to my entire disclaimer here.

Hello there!

I’m Jackie O., editor of the  international travel and lifestyle blog, The Jackie O. Life, serial entrepreneur, globetrotting Mama, Black digital nomad and overall badass.

I’m a former attorney, technology executive and model turned digital content provider and travel and lifestyle consultant.  I help Black women live magical lives all over the globe.

I’ve been featured in media outlets such as Travel Noire, American Express Essentials, Gorgeous Globe,  Flourish in the Foreign, Sorella, BizBash and more. Originally from the United States, I currently travel the world full-time with my toddler daughter, Ruth

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