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Ten tips on jet lag and how to combat it on your world travels


jet lag and how to deal with it
 A jumbo flight to a far-flung destination is  an exciting journey for a traveller.  But it can  also be gruelling thanks to the problem of jet  lag. It doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research on  the subject before you fly.

There are some well known facts about it and various do’s and don’ts but I can’t say I have seen much mention of them in in-flight magazines on the long haul flights I have taken. Maybe it might dent bar sales if it was broadcast that alcohol is a no-no.

Possibly the worst jet lag of all is going in to the next day as you head for somewhere like southeast Asia. This is where a stopover can make a huge difference for the traveller.

There are plenty of other things you can do and for those who suffer severely on long flights, there is always the option of a trip to the doctor before the flight. Here’s a Globe Wanderer guide to help you enjoy your world travelling all the more.

1 Copy the birds. Fly south if you can and you won’t suffer jet lag because you don’t cross time zones. Same applies to flying north.                             2 Fly west and expect to suffer jet lag depending on the number of time zones you cross but it’s manageable. You gain time so it’s a bit like staying up late to see in New Year.                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 Fly east and expect the worst jet lag of all – because you lose time and are moving in to the next day – but taking precautions in advance and during the flight can ease its effects.                                                                                                                                                                               4 Jet lag’s medical name is desynchronosis. Look it up before you fly. You will find all kinds of ways to combat it, including medication.                                            5 Jet lag is related to the number of time zones you cross. Generally it really starts to kick in for people flying across three or more time zones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           6 Two main factors are your body clock and how it copes with new time zones and fatigue resulting from long stints in a cramped seat. 7 Time your travel well. Rest on the night before you go and book a daytime flight if you can. Aim for an evening arrival if heading east.                   8  Eat light, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.                                                                                                                                                                         9 Prepare for a long haul flight by adjusting your bedtime. Try to get to bed earlier in the days before you fly.                                                 10 Book a stopover if you can.