If you love to travel as much as we do, you’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with airplanes. On the one hand, you’re totally stoked that this flying vessel is taking you to another dreamy destination, but on the other hand – jet lag exists. Yep, while we’re sure there is some kind of scientific explanation for changing time zones (okay, yes there is), we’re not too happy with this fact. Although your body is used to being asleep and awake at certain times, this is thrown into disarray when you fly across the world, and it’s not cool. In fact, it makes you look like a mess. Don’t worry; it’s not just you! Here’s how to arrive not looking jet-lagged…
Take a nap
Now, you don’t need to tell us twice to have a nap, but sometimes it’s difficult to have a nap – especially in the middle of the day. However, one of the best ways to combat jet lag before it even occurs is to take a nap during your flight. This allows you to build up reserves of sleep that will come in handy when your body tries to fall asleep while you’re walking through the airport. Getting more sleep than you need will also make the visible signs of tiredness less prominent, which means you won’t be carrying extra baggage under your eyes.
Get into the sun straight away
Let’s be honest; the sun makes anyone look better. Yet, it seems as though daylight can also help your body recuperate from jet lag. Not only does this sunlight trick your body into thinking it should be wide awake (even if it’s the middle of the night back home) but this little sunshine hit can also bring color into your cheeks and light back into your eyes. If you can, sit outside of the airport for ten minutes before going to your hotel. You can thank us for that tip later!
Although it can seem like a great idea to get comfortable and loose on your flight, choosing to drink alcohol is probably one of the worst things you could do for both the inward and outward effects of jet lag. This alcohol will just dehydrate your body quicker and sometimes inhibit your ability to sleep. This is the complete opposite of what you want for your trip – so ignore all of your cravings, and choose a soft drink instead. If you can, choose water! Why? Well, that’s coming up next…
Drink warm water
Whenever you are flying anywhere, it’s important to always drink more fluids than you’re used to. Sure, this will mean you have to use the grotty airplane restrooms more often, but it will work wonders when you land. Because the recycled air is much drier in an airplane, your body will dehydrate much quicker – and dehydration does not make you look your best. Of course, drinking cold water will immediately improve your complexion and make you feel more awake, but many natural healers believe that drinking warm water throughout your flight is the way forward.
Jet lag can be the difference between an epic start to your vacation and a 12-hour nap that makes you miss your whole first day. As if that wasn’t enough, it can also make you look a though you’ve just taken part in 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. It’s not great. Luckily, there are ways to arrive not looking jet lagged!