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Boy, was I tired, but more so, he was exhausted and scared silly!

I am sure you read about our ordeal in Kigali my son and I? Well, don’t get caught out go read about it and be mindful of your travel documents and greedy airline staff!

Anyways, why were we both tired?

Because we hadn’t caught any Zzzzs aka sleep for over 48 hours, 14 of which we had spent on a long-haul flight that started 34 hours before! So, Jet lagged, we definitely were and then some! So much so, I slept for 18 hours strait when we got to Liverpool!

And I still felt tired when I woke up! I guess the time difference was playing tricks on me. I totally felt for our son who had to go to school same day we arrived in UK…

But I digress, So…in today’s post I would like to share with you some great ways to beat jet lag 

Before I do,…

What is Jet lag?

Well according to medical know how,

“Jetlag, also called desynchronises and flight fatigue, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.”

The UK NHS report, says that our body clocks influence our sleeping and waking pattern, plus those circadian rhythms in:

  • appetite
  • bowel movements
  • digestion
  • Body temperature
  • urine production
  • blood pressure.

Goobledygook?

Sounds like it…So let me break it down in simple layman’s terms. In my considered view, due to years of jet setting in cattle class lol. (By the way class don’t matter here #notajetsnob):

Jetlag is exhaustion due to your body not catching up fast enough in a new time zone. Your body wants to sleep but your mind says it’s not yet bed time…So you could be on #TeamNoSleep. Sometimes the excitement and sheer dehydration from a long-haul flight in 3+ different time zones causes jet lag! And by the way your flight would have to be Going east to west or Vice-versa. So, you guys flying north/south don’t get to claim Jetlag…Huh weird stuff this! 😊

I know it doesn’t sound better, Okay lets simplify…

Jet lag happens when your body clock is disrupted by crossing a number of time zones, usually during a long-haul flight!

Jet lag occurs when your body clock is disrupted by crossing a number of time zonesClick To Tweet

So now at least you, my auntie May and I kinda understand what it is!

Now what do the symptoms include? 

  • Feeling pretty tired,
  • body aches,
  • Inability to sleep as your body adjusts to the new time zone!
  • Some constipation (I get this lots),
  • Being Irritable and can’t concentrate much!
  • The more time zones you cross, the worse the jet lag could be…yup!

The thing is your body responds to the day/night environment cycle and thus will normally not go to sleep when it’s still broad daylight. Doesn’t matter that you flew in from a destination 6 hours behind and you should be in bed under normal circumstances….!

You will definitely feel sleepy in your new time zone…Bummer, it’s party time where you are at! Can’t be a party pooper now can ya!

By the way, you won’t feel the symptoms of Jet-lag after a road trip although you could be tired and grumpy.

So, how do you get over it pretty sharpish?  Or better still minimize the effects?

Jules at your service….

How to Beat Jet Lag Before You Travel

#1. Change to your Destination Routine before travel:

If you are anything like me, you stay up excited, packing last minute stuff, mithering everybody about this and that and planning lil excursions all-over.

Or even waiting to check-in online lol! That can be a killer!

BUT, there is a method to this madness…If you are among the first to check-in online you just might bag yourself a Cheap Business or First class flight upgradeScout’s honour! Yet Class in flight has no effect on Jet lag. You could be in First Clas and suffer even worse than one in economy! 

So back to beating jet lag, how about you change your routine prior to the flight. Get as much sleep as possible. Also try to sleep earlier or later depending on which direction you will be flying East or West respectively!

We can’t tell you how surreal we felt when we arrived in Hawaii the day before, in UK time. We all felt like walking zombies for a couple of days!


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#2. Drink lots of Water Before your flight:

Yes, water is life and in this case, it literally will help you feel less puffy and tired. Hydrate, hydrate some more. Do this even throughout the flight. One of the tips we shared in our smart travel guide.

When we get to our destination, we do our best to grab some naps here and there preferably on a sun-lounger…Apparently, exposure to Vitamin D or sunlight helps with sleep adjustment!

How to Beat Jet Lag During Your Flight

#3. Do your research

Determine your time zone on take-off and when you land. If you travel on the red eye and your destination will be evening when you land, this is what we do. We do our best to stay awake enroute. We enjoy the inflight entertainment, pretend we are on a long evening date. Or simply get stuff done on the Laptop. That means we will be able to sleep when we get to our destination. (There are only so many hours the body can stay awake.)

enjoy the inflight entertainment, pretend we are on a long evening dateClick To Tweet

#4. Eat well.

What? Well most people have to get to airports hours before their flights and most live at least 1hour+ away. Plus, the check in time and then wait to board. You don’t get served a meal immediately the flight takes off.

In fact, on our most recent Brussels Airlines flight, we were served a meal 2 hours into the flight. So, give or take 6+ hours of no food, that can affect your metabolism. And increase the jet lag. So, eat a good hearty meal, ask for more on board lol! There is always some extra!  

#5. Hydrate inflight

To beat Jet lag and its symptoms, you gotta drink lots. Am not talking about glugs of ale, wine, spirits and whatever the airline offers. (Truth be told I do take my fair share, between bottles of water…) It’s all about balance right! 😊

So, once again, hydrate, hydrate and do so some more in flight. I don’t go anywhere without my refill bottle that I get the flight attendants to replenish with water. They don’t normally charge water extra! I also spray my face with water to keep cool. I believe it hydrates my skin too 😊

How to Beat Jet Lag During Your Flight

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#6. Use an App

Yup, we like to think we are digital nomads and so we keep an eye out for any Travel Apps and technology. There is an app for jet lag. In fact, quite a few. A travel app can tell you the time zone you are heading to and when to sleep.

We cannot emphasize how much, our travel app has totally enhanced the way we travel.

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For your next long-haul why not download an app. Check out: the Jet Lag App on your apple store or play store for android! This app claims to reduce symptoms of jet lag!

For your next long-haul why not download an appClick To Tweet

You could even use British Airways Jet Lag Adviser for personalised or customised advice on how to combat your jet lag. This is more practical when you get to your destination!

How to Beat Jet Lag on Landing:

#7. To Nap or Not to Nap

Okay we have determined that jet lag is all about sleep deprivation. Therefore, to beat it you gotta find a balance. It also depends on your destination. If you land in the day time and your usual time zone is bed time, try not to give in to the urge to sleep/nap. Until its bed time. That way you acclimatise to the new time zone.

Other schools of thought say do not nap at all. They claim that will help with getting to sleep when you need to. I say Listen to your body and do what feels right for you!

#8 Plan a Spa Day

Some people plan their spa day before the trip so they look a million bucks on vacation.

I say book your best spa day after the trip. Long distance travel can be stressing and you will thank you later. That massage, sauna or steam treatment will improve circulation, help with any swollen legs or puffiness and suck out all that travel related stress. You will feel the way you should after a vacation!


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Final Words on How to Beat Jet lag:

I’m sure you are wondering; how can I prevent jet lag? Sorry mate, the bad news is you cannot! Well that’s what the experts say…But you can beat it, or minimise and manage the symptoms.

We have given you the insider tips. Now go enjoy your next long haul trip with less fatigue… If in any doubt check out the UK Civil Aviation Authority website for more information on combating Jet lag…Yes you are most welcome! 😊

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55 Comments

  1. [ Smiles ] Maybe, you should meditate before going on a flight and visualize the positive outcome.

  2. Hi Julie,
    I’m traveling soon so these tips are helpful.
    Thank you for bringing your post to last week’s Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  3. Hoping to make a few trips over the next several months into a couple of years, so this is a keeper for me! Thanks so much!

  4. Krystal

    These are some great tips that I never would have thought of!

  5. Thanks for these tips. I deal with jet lag every time I vacation abroad for a few weeks.

  6. These are some amazing tips! A spa day certainly is the best way to get rid of the jet lag! haha!

  7. Rosey

    We used to travel quite a bit. I only had jet lag one time, but it was a big deal.

    • Hey ROsey,

      Yes jet lag can be a big dreal, amd most moms do not realise their abies are sufferng fom jet lag when they do take them on long vacays!
      Now you got the tricks Jet lag cant win!

  8. I am just now making my first cross country flight, so these tips could not have come at a better time for me. I will take them to heart.

    • hello Dawn,

      Safe travels wow enjoy your very firat transatlantic Or is ti Cross counry in the same geo-region? Whichever it is, enjoy!

  9. I didn’t realize being hydrated had a positive impact on jetlag. I will have to remember that.

  10. Ronnie

    Every time I fly, I am stuck with jet lag lasting at least a few days. These are great tips and they are getting bookmarked for my upcoming trip to the other side of the world. I’ll show that jet lag whose boss!

    • Hey Ronnie,
      Yo go girl, you will definitely see a difference, and you will find you enjoy your flights even better. Safe travels have fun! Jetlag Begone 🙂

  11. I haven’t flown long haul for over ten years, but hope to again in a few years. Great tips, thank you. Kaz

  12. I deal with a lot of entertainers and this is a part of their lives on the road. I will pass this on!

  13. Travel Blogger

    Great ideas! Jet lag always hits me hard, and I find that lots of water and healthy food does wonders to help keep it at bay. I eat a lot of antioxidant rich foods and down a ton of water, and it helps keep that achy exhaustion away.

    • Aaah Jet lag used to hit us esp. the children hard, until we learnt what it was ans how to deal with it Kait. Hope you will have better travels now 🙂

  14. I love to travel but that also means having to deal with jet lag! I didn’t know that there’s an app that will help you deal with it! So cool. I’m definitely checking that out.

    • Yes Carol,
      there are several apps actually all aimed at helping you manage jet lag and even have a better chance of feeling fresher when you land! 🙂

  15. Elizabeth O.

    It’s really a hassle when you experience jet lag and have no means of dealing with it. It will also take a toll on your itinerary! I think these are awesome ways to help you deal with jet lag!

    • Usually unless youplanned in advance, you just have to suffer the effets after you land. Its always bets to be prepared Elizabeth 🙂
      Glad you this our tips are awesome 🙂

  16. I have never been on a long haul flight but any form of travel makes me feel ill so I like to chew on ginger to sate the nausea and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated x

    • OMG you get motion sickness Ana?
      I used to suffer with it, till I discovered Ginger…and Hydrate even more before the journey. I also have wrist bands, they have cured my sickness.

  17. That’s the truth about jetlag – you can’t prevent it. My Mum flies in and out of London to Manila very often and still experiences jet lag.

    • You cant prevent it, You can only manage or combat it! Aaahh Your mom is a wanderluster just like we are Czjai. A woman after our own hearts 🙂 You should share with her our travel club. she might enjoy it too!

  18. Love You Wedding

    I don’t usually get jet lag, but my husband has it bad. I am going to let him read through this article so we’d have a better stress-free flight on our next vacation.

  19. kelly reci

    This is awesome tips! I am always in a travel and jetlag is my nightmare! lol. Very helpful! Worth sharing!

  20. This is really interesting actually! Thank you for the tips!

  21. Fantastic tips, I’ll certainly keep these in mind next time I travel long haul.

  22. I find that if I am traveling across several time zones it helps if I start adjusting to the time difference in the days before I leave so that I am more used to living in the time zone I will be in during my travel. I also heartily agree with staying hydrated, this is so important in many aspects.

    • Yes Hughes,
      Adjusting to your new destination time zone a couple of days before your travels does help a great deal 🙂
      Thanks for swinging by!

  23. I haven’t experienced jet lag in some time but I remember that drinking lots of water before, during and after the trip really helped!! Water and hydration are so important for your health!!

  24. I guess I’m lucky that jet lag doesn’t affect me much. We traveled a lot as kids (military family), so I guess we just got used to it!

    • Sometimes people travel North/South and vice versa, so jet lag wouldnt be an issue in that case. Los of peope misunderstand it. You seem to have mastered it though scott 🙂

  25. I don’t get too severely jet-lagged but I also don’t resist a good, hearty nap if I need one after lots of traveling! I am lucky that my schedule is flexible enough to allow that!

  26. Some great tips here – I’m off to Mexico on Thursday, so will probably need to use a few of these! x

  27. Drinking lots of water is key to helping with jet lag I find. Some great tips. Jo x

  28. Jet lag can be such a killer. I always try and drink lots of water. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

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