Get over jet lag ASAP
Eight tried and tested ways to overcome jet lag woes.
You’ve had a great time! Exotic cuisines, breathtaking sights and interesting cultures. Now you’re back home feeling like something the cat dragged home. Jet lag can dampen even the nicest vacations; you feel sleepy and tired all day, and wide awake at night. Irritability, lethargy and exhaustion are common symptoms but luckily there are some savvy tricks to overcome jet lag and feel bright and perky, time differences, surly air hostesses and long flights notwithstanding.
Tank up on aqua, inside out
Pressurized air in airplane cabins can be very dehydrating. In fact, in-cabin humidity can fall to just twenty per cent! Besides, air is recirculated within the cabin so it’s forced to draw moisture from wherever it can, including your skin! Dry skin gets dryer while oily skins become even more breakout-prone because the skin produces greater amounts of sebum to compensate for the lack of moisture. So what’s the solution? Expert say that you should up your moisturizing routine a week before you travel, and on the flight make sure to stay hydrated, inside out. Have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee if you must but get your fill of water and juice. Alcohol dehydrates the body further and while caffeine itself doesn’t cause dehydration, it’s a proven diuretic which can have a dehydrating effect.
Adjust to the new time zone
Whatever your destination and no matter how disparate the time zones, try and adjust to the new time zone as quickly as possible. It may be midnight where you came from and you might be dying to take a snooze, but resist this urge at all costs! Going to sleep at your new time zone’s normal bedtime hours will help you adjust faster and cope better with jet lag.
Flying can be a very sedentary activity. To make it worse most airlines switch off cabin lights once you settle down, lulling you into taking a nap. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Get up frequently, do some stretches, walk up and down the aisle, go into the pantry to get a drink of water, or just sit in your seat and do some leg stretches.
Adjust your watch
This is one of the best ways of beating jet lag. Once you settle into the plane, set your wristwatch to the time zone of your destination. From then on, pretend that you’re already there! Eat and sleep (if it’s a long flight) as if you were already in Milan, Paris or New York. This way, you’ll just dive into the routine of your final destination the minute the plan lands.
Go easy on salt
Snacking gets even more tempting during long hours of sitting idle. Salty snacks like roasted, salted nuts, chips or pretzels are highly avoidable because excess salt can cause dehydration. Feeling peckish? Bite into an apple or sip some juice.
Skincare post a flight
Once you arrive at your final destination, make sure to take off all remnants of makeup and use a facial scrub with micro beads to exfoliate dry, dead skin. Nykaa recommends you try Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant or Vichy Purete Thermale Softening Exfoliating Cream. Avoid using facial scrubs that contain natural grains like apricot or walnut kernels because they have sharp edges that can damage dry, sensitive skin. After exfoliation, use a hydrating moisturizer to brighten and moisturize your complexion. Nykaa likes Sebamed Q10 Protection Cream and Sebamed Visio Active Hydro Gel.
Reset your sleep patterns
Daytime doziness and night-time wakefulness are the two biggest fallouts of jet lag. One quick way of feeling wide awake and resetting your body clock is stand facing the sun (with your eyes shut) for fifteen minutes. If it’s night-time and you’re feeling alert and wide awake, try taking a warm bath and sipping a cup of Chamomile tea. You could also take GNC Melatonin Cap 3mg (60 Tabs) that support restful sleep. The tablets combine nervous system soothing Melatonin and with Vitamin B6
Banish swollen feet
Sitting for long hours in a sedentary position can cause feet and legs to swell, besides making you more vulnerable to potentially life threatening deep vein thrombosis. The best way to prevent this is to wear compression socks that improve blood circulation in legs and feet. Use them during the day, or sleep in them for one or two nights during and after your flight.