Take These Steps to Avoid Jet Lag
Tim Ferriss (author of many books including the ever-popular The Four-Hour Work Week) has a precise way to avoid jet lag. As told to Aaron Gell in Entrepreneur Magazine, Tim says first of all to book your flight on a Dreamliner aircraft. Ferriss points out that newer aircraft have a better air pressure system, which is better for you.
Once your reservations are in place, move on to taking these steps on the day of your flight. If you don’t have Global Entry and TSA Precheck (if you’ve got Global Entry you automatically have TSA Precheck), get it. This avoids having to undress yourself at the security lines and gets you moving a little faster.
Ferriss suggests arriving at the airport very early, getting through security, and heading to your airport lounge to spend the time before your flight. Lounges are usually quiet, offer food, and give you room to read or work. While you’re in the lounge, start drinking water. You’ll want to keep yourself hydrated for the entire flight.
Ferriss also suggests using a zinc spray to bolster your immune system, using a saline solution like Ocean in your nose throughout the flight, and taking one gram of Vitamin C every single hour of your flight. If that doesn’t keep you busy enough, you can also add taking lysine every few hours while you’re on the plane.
Ferriss shared a tip for those who have expensive equipment they must check as luggage, too. He suggests adding a starter pistol into the equipment and registering it with the airline as you check in. He believes that the airline will pay special attention to your checked equipment in this way and you’ll be less apt to have it go missing.
Continue to hydrate throughout your flight. The final suggestion he offers is to find a a gym and do 10 minutes of vigorous cycling as soon as you deplane.
This sounds like quite a regimen but it makes sense. Staying hydrated on long flights helps your body, while drinking alcohol and eating salty snacks doesn’t do much for you. I’ll add a few more tips based on my own long-haul flight experiences.
- Wear or tuck into your backpack a pashmina. It’s warm against the cool air of the plane, and can be used either around your shoulders or as an in-flight blanket.
- Take an inflatable neck pillow. Even in first class, it’s more comfortable than a pillow when you’re snoozing while sitting up. For my review on several inflatable neck pillows go to this blog post.
- Throw a tennis ball into your pack. You can use it for pressure point therapy against the back of your seat when your shoulder, neck, or lumbar area start feeling stiff. You can buy a single tennis ball at almost any pet store. Once you’ve arrived to your destination, it’s useful for tired feet (roll on the floor with the bottom of your foot) or stiffness from unfamiliar beds.
For even more tips about thriving despite a long flight, check out this article from Travel and Leisure. It gives more tips about how to avoid jet lag. Feeling fairly rested and staying healthy are the side benefits.
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