~ When landing in the morning, (which will be our situation en route) it will be important to try to rest or sleep as much as possible on the plane. Earplugs, eye masks and inflatable neckrests will all help to induce sleep.
~ Some have found Melatonin to be a helpful sleep aid. If you are using it, be sure to follow directions carefully, as misuse can make jet lag worse. There is also a product called No Jet Lag that is available on line or locally at the Vitamin Shoppe. I have used this product for years and find it works beautifully. If you can’t find this brand, I’m sure there are some other similar products available at airports and on line.
~ If you’re taking Dramamineto prevent motion sickness, consider using the non-drowsy formula. The regular formula will make you feel drowsy, which may help you to sleep on the plane, but this drug stays in your system for up to 24 hours, and it can aggravate symptoms of jet lag because it dehydrates you. If you do use the regular formula, be sure to take it early on the day of departure.
~Drink plenty of water on the plane. Pressurized cabins are extremely dry (usually 2% - 5% humidity) and this will also aggravate jet lag. Experts advise us to drink one 8-oz glass of water or other non-alcoholic liquid for each hour spent on the plane. (Obviously this doesn’t apply if you’re sleeping!) Alcohol tends to aggravate dehydration, so for this reason, try to minimize your intake on board the plane.
~ Reset your watch to the destination time as soon as you board the plane. Forget about what time it is “back home.” The sooner you start thinking in terms of your destination time, the quicker your body and mind will adjust to the new schedule. The exception might be your medication schedule. Consult your doctor or pharmacist on how best to adjust your timetable.
~Once we land, try to maximize your exposure to bright sunlight, or at least bright indoor lights. It will help to keep you stimulated and awake. And try not to nap. This will only slow down the process of acclimating yourself to the new timetable. If you must nap after arrival, limit yourself to one hour’s rest in the hotel room, and then force yourself to get up and go to bed on your “new” time schedule. You’ll make the adjustment a lot quicker this way.
~ On the return trip home, try to remain awake. Plan to use this time to get your journal up to date, read a book, watch a movie, and/or walk around the plane as much as possible. And don’t forget to stay hydrated.