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Much like cold remedies and headache cures, everyone has a different recipe for how to cure jet lag. What really helps, however, is learning how to avoid jet lag as much as possible in the first place, thus sidestepping the need for leeches and tonics (oh wait, that was the Middle Ages…) If insomnia, constipation, fatigue and confusion—among other fun symptoms—really aren’t your cup of tea, here are some effective ways to prevent and/or help you recover from jet lag.


If you’ll be crossing some major time zones, try pushing your schedule back or forward one hour, depending you your destination. This will give your body a chance to gradually adjust so your schedule on another continent won’t be quite as much of a shock.

Stay hydrated.

This is definitely one of the top tips you’ll get from any seasoned traveler. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages and fill up on as much water as you can. We highly recommend buying your own bottle as soon as you clear customs, especially on long flights. Turns out many airlines run out of bottled water en route and flight attendants fill the bottles up from the plane’s holding tanks. Ew. No thanks.

Don’t fill up on food.

Not that many planes offer food anymore, but when the cart comes around with snacks for purchase, consider what you’re putting in your mouth: namely fats, sugars and salts. All of which will make you retain water and feel distinctly bloated. Opt for a bag of “bring your own fruit” and stick with the water.

Sleep on the plane. Or not.

If you feel like working, go ahead. A movie, fine. Sleep? Absolutely. What we do recommend is getting up at least a couple of times during the flight and walk around the cabin to get the circulation going in those lets.

If it’s a long flight, try to upgrade.

If you’ll be up in the air way past your bedtime, a flatter surface would make for a much more comfortable flight. Don’t be that guy drooling on the inflatable triangle balanced on the tray table. It’s not as comfortable as it looks. (Just joking. It looks appalling.) If a “flying bed” is not an option, try for more legroom.

Once you arrive, act like a local.

Stay up—no naps, we mean it! They are the kiss of death. You’ll feel sleepy mid-afternoon (if it’s daylight when you arrive), but avoid the temptation to snooze at all costs. Eat something light, take a walk, admire the scenery, head to the beach/park/museum… Stay up until at least until 10 PM. You’ll thank us in the morning.

Off on a long journey? Contact you Personal Travel Advisor at www.skymedtravel.com or call 800-568-8994—book your travel with us and get a free SkyMed Essentials Membership! 

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