Jet lag is often the unfortunate side effect of travelling across different time zones, and can even end up ruining the holiday that you have long been planning and saving for. Jet lag can wreak havoc with your sleep patterns and leave you and your family feeling run down, grumpy and too exhausted to enjoy the holiday.
Thankfully, there are some ways you can battle jet lag, and give your family the best opportunity to enjoy your holiday with a fresh and happy state of mind. Follow these simple tips to ward off jet lag and its unpleasant side effects.
One of the best ways to beat jet lag is to become accustomed to the change in time zone a few days early. If you are to be flying east, then make an effort the week before your flight to start going to bed an hour or two earlier than usual. This gradual adjustment will mean that the time difference will not come as such a shock to your system, and will be much easier to deal with. Alternatively, if you will be flying west, then do the opposite and try to stay up later in the evening than you normally would a few days prior to your flight.
Get Enough Sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before you are due to fly. With many cheap package holidays taking you further and further away getting some kip when you can is very important this will ensure you have a good basis for your holiday and means you are more able to deal with the effects jet lag has on your body.
If you are flying through the night, it is essential that you catch some sleep on the plane. This isn’t always easy if you find it difficult to sleep sitting upright, or if there are noisy people on the plane. One way you can make it easier to get some sleep is to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Take a travel pillow with you, or make use of anything provided by the airline. Wrap up in a blanket as the air on planes is often cold, and could be the reason you do not drift off.
Another great tip to ensure you get enough sleep is to put a few droplets of lavender on your pillow. This essential oil is proven to have a mild sedative effect, and is calming which could also help you get to sleep. Studies have shown that people who use lavender to help them sleep feel more rested the following day, and benefit from a deeper and more relaxed sleep than those who do not use lavender. Lavender is easy and cheap to get hold of, and is natural and safe to use. A small bottle tucked into your luggage could make all of the difference to you being able to drift off while on a flight, and could also be used to help you get to sleep once you reach your destination.