Top 5 tips for dealing with Jet Lag

Top 5 tips for dealing with Jet Lag

Long haul travel always excites me as a travel blogger and I love visiting new places and experiencing new cultures, cuisines and seeing all that a country has to offer, and I especially love the flights as you can switch off, detox from social media and put yourself in holiday mode. Last year I did a fair bit of long haul travel visiting Kenya, Hong Kong, Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as lots of short haul trips.

The one thing I constantly suffer with when it comes to visiting destinations with different time zones is the jet lag. It was particularly bad when I visited Thailand and Hong Kong last year. I remember landing and feeling absolutely exhausted and disoriented and when I landed back in the UK I felt the same again and it took me quite a few days to recover and get back into my routine of decent sleep and energy levels.

According to North West Cherries:

Just under half of jet lagged Brits have spent the whole night awake after getting back from a long-haul destination. And on average, Brits reckon jet lag sets them back nine hours of sleep each time they suffer a case of it.

During my travels I have found some great ways of dealing with it to ensure you aren’t feeling fatigued and lacking energy when there is so much to discover in a destination, or feeling absolutely exhausted when you land back in your home country. Here are my top tips.

  1. Try and get as much sleep as you can during the flight. I made this mistake on my flight to Hong Kong and it severely hindered me when it came to my first day exploring in Hong Kong. All I could think about was going to bed! My strategy now is to tire myself out before my flight so that sleep comes easily.
  2. Resist the temptation to drink alcohol or caffeine on the plane and instead make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after the flight.
  3.  Eat fresh cherries before and after the flight. Not only are they absolutely delicious, they are proven to help with sleep because they are one of the only natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate our sleep pattern. I love snacking on them as well as chopping them up into yoghurt for a fruit burst! It is also a great reason to pick some up from a local grocery store or fruit and vegetable store if your breakfast buffet at your hotel doesn’t have them. My favourite type that are in season right now are the North West Cherries or Washington Cherries. You can find out more about them here.
  4. If your phone lets you have dual times, keep one of the times set to your home/normal time whilst on your holiday. This really helps me manage the time mentally as sometimes it can get really confusing being in a different time zone.
  5. On the day you land back, resist the urge to sleep all day and instead carry on with your day as normal and go to bed at your usual time. Also avoid reliance on caffeine during this time. Instead opt for lots of water. You can also infuse your water with cherries so that it has the double advantage of hydrating you as well as helping you get a decent night’s sleep when it is bedtime. 

I have found that these tips, especially staying hydrated, resisting the urge to have Mojitos and snacking on lots of fresh fruit, especially cherries, have really helped me in terms of dealing with that dreaded jet lag that comes part and parcel of long haul travel.

In the next few months I will be embarking on more long haul travel to India, as well as re-visiting Bali and Thailand and so I will be getting myself prepared with these tips so that I am full of energy and raring to go!

If you are travelling soon I highly recommend adopting some of these tips, and the North West Cherries are absolutely delicious even if you just fancy trying them. They are particularly great for picnics and snack boxes, so look out for them in stores.

Find out more about North West Cherries here: http://www.northwestcherries.net/

What are your tips for dealing with jet lag? I would love to know in the comments section below xx

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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8 Comments

  1. August 23, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I have heard about eating cherries but never tried it myself yet! Personally for me I find jet lag worse travelling to and from the west and pretty much adopt the same strategies as you regarding sleeping on the plane, and fitting in with the time zones of the country.

  2. August 23, 2018 / 7:09 am

    Now I feel like eating cherries…hahaha! Love that your dress matches the theme of the post…agree that one of the best ways to combat jetlag is to get on with your day and resist the urge to sleep, though easier said than done!

  3. August 23, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I don’t eat meat when flying or drink alcohol or caffeine. They don’t digest properly at altitude. I sleep as much as possible on the plane then get into local time as quickly as possible. Eating breakfast when you arrive might seem weird when your home zone is eg. 22:00 but you will recover quicker!! Happy travels! H

  4. August 23, 2018 / 8:32 am

    These are some great tips Binny, as you know I really suffer from jet lag. Though I can’t resist the temptation of alcohol on the plane, I’m definitely happy to have some cherries!

  5. August 23, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Some great tips, I’m not very good at number 2!

  6. Sunny
    August 23, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Amazing info BInny . I also do have jet lag issues . The idea for cherries is amazing- will also try it on my future trips ❤️Thankyou very much – this information is a great help Looking great in this relaxed click

  7. August 23, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    These are some great tips- the cherry one is brilliant. May look into getting dried ones. Totally agree with the others- always good to get into the local time zone ASAP!

  8. August 23, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    So on my next flight I’ll have virgin Manhattan’s until I arrive at the destination – gotcha! You can’t beat a lovely cherry!

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