For those only travelling short distances you’re in luck, as you’re unlikely to experience the effects of jet lag. However, for those of you taking trips that span multiple time zones then Jet Lag is likely to become a travelling companion and could take you on a one-way ticket to exhaustion.
But worry not, because we have some helpful tips to help you beat it!
So, what is jet lag and why do we get it?
Jet Lag, otherwise known as desynchronises or flight fatigue, is your body clock falling out of sync with its normal sleep pattern (hence the name). It tends to occur during long-haul travel as your body still thinks it’s working on ‘home’ time, which could mean you end up staying up until the early hours or waking up late the next day.
Fortunately, jetlag is temporary, and the body quickly adjusts. But for a time, you may find parts of your life are out of sync, for example being hungry at odd hours of the night or feeling like it’s time to go to bed when everyone else is just getting up.
Does it matter which direction you travel?
Funnily enough, yes! If you travel from west to east then jet lag symptoms can feel worse, as you’re effectively cramming more hours into your day.
So, how can we beat it?
KEEP HYDRATED: While you’re travelling, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, most importantly water, as the air inside an aircraft cabin can be very dry, which can make dehydration symptoms worse. Try and avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol, which although may help to relax you on a flight will ultimately make the symptoms of dehydration worse. Drinking plenty of fluids doesn’t stop once you’ve landed, so keep on sipping water or try drinking some orange juice, as the vitamin C may help your body recover more quickly.
REST IN FLIGHT: If you’re going on a long-haul flight, then try and get some rest during the flight, to get on ‘local’ time. Pack a pair of ear-plugs and a sleep mask to help shut out noise and light that could stop you from drifting off.
MOVE AROUND: Once you’ve had a nap, try to get a little bit of exercise in, too. If you have the chance to get up and walk around for a while, do so. Some experienced long-haul travellers also swear by little techniques such as taking your shoes off and balling and flexing your toes, or wearing a pair of support socks to keep the blood circulation flowing properly.
GET OUTSIDE: Once you arrive at your destination, try and get outside in the sunlight. Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the biological clock.
Give yourself a little bit of time to adjust, especially if you’ve travelled across several time zones. For the first couple of days keep activities relaxed and laid back, and store up the serious sightseeing for later in the holiday, when you’ve fully adjusted to your new time zone.
There’s one thing, though, that can really help you get back to normal quickly, and that’s a good night’s sleep! At Premier Inn, you can snuggle down into an incredibly comfortable Hypnos bed. With a thousand pocket springs to give you maximum comfort and support, and a better sleeping environment, you can get your head down after a long trip, and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready for anything! Top off that gloriously comfy Hypnos bed with the perfect pillow choice, and you’ll be able to banish jetlag for good and make the most of your holiday.