You may be wondering why you can’t seem to stay awake on your next flight. Well, one reason is probably that you have some nasty sleep issues. But the other reason could be that you are just plain tired. When you get into a routine of not enough sleep, you are going to start to feel the effects.
One of the best ways to cope with flight fatigue is to be aware of what you are doing and not doing. Try to keep your mind busy with some form of entertainment or relaxation. Below, we’ve listed some tips and tricks you can use to eliminate flight fatigues.
Be sure to hydrate yourself.
Dehydration can be a major contributor to travel fatigue, which is why staying hydrated is essential to preventing jet lag. Additionally, a hydrated body performs better, so drink plenty of water to ease the effects of jet lag.
TIPS: Bring several empty water bottles with you on the plane so you can fill them up once you’ve cleared security. By avoiding the need to purchase bottled water, you will save money and ensure that you always have access to water. Once you’re in the air, you can request a refill from the cabin crew so you won’t have to constantly ask for glasses of water.
Make a flying plan.
Try to schedule a flight that arrives during the day if at all possible. Because you’ll be much more enticed to stay awake and explore during the day, you’ll be able to go to bed at a reasonable local time.
If you remain up for dinner and go to bed at around ten o’clock local time, early evening is also a fine time to arrive. Your body finds it most difficult to adjust to early airplane arrivals since you then have to contend with a long day of sleep.
Avoid flights with lengthy layovers where you’re just sitting around the airport doing nothing, and make a detailed plan for what you’ll do once you get there. For example, will you check into your hotel first before looking for a restaurant? To keep yourself entertained until it is time to go to bed, look out for nearby eateries and attractions. If you must snooze immediately upon arrival, make it brief and set an alarm to prevent oversleeping.
Change your dietary habits before a trip.
As was previously noted, one of the effects of fatigue might be gastrointestinal problems. Start eating meals around the time of day in your new time zone before you travel to help your body mimic what it does at night, which is to sleep, rest, and not eat. Even though breakfast will now be served at 2 PM, who doesn’t love bacon and eggs in the afternoon?
Skip the pre-flight glass of champagne.
Alcohol is a stimulant, so a glass of champagne in the airport lounge or G&T on the plane will leave you feeling exhausted and drained, which is the perfect recipe for jet lag. We understand, we realize, it’s a dull one and not a recommendation many people like to hear. Caffeine should likewise be avoided for the same reasons in that regard. If you’re attempting to minimize jet lag symptoms, you should avoid stimulants like coffee, cola, and energy drinks because they will make it harder for you to go asleep.
Don’t overexert yourself before the flight.
Some people make the error of overexerting themselves before a flight in the hope that it will help them fall asleep during the flight. It simply means that you won’t be able to sleep at all and will be overtired for your flight. You do not want to begin your journey grouchy, restless, and sleep-deprived. Simply take a normal nap, listen to your body, watch an in-flight movie, and if you start to nod off, pull out the flying pillow and sleeping mask.
However, don’t push yourself too hard the night before by staying up late. Changing your sleep schedule at the last minute can only exacerbate the effects of jet lag and make it more difficult to acclimatize to a new schedule.
Select the appropriate airplane seat.
A wonderful strategy to make sure you receive enough rest to prevent fatigue is to sleep on the plane. Choosing the appropriate seat is essential if you want to sleep on the flight. Avoid sitting in the back of the plane since the back will be more affected by turbulence than the front. Avoid sitting in places with a lot of traffic, such as those next to the bathroom, where the sounds and movement might keep you awake. Of course, ensure that your seat reclines.
However, if you fly business class, you’ll probably have a comfortable, reclining chair that’s simpler to fall asleep on.
TIPS: Sleeping on the plane may not be the greatest option if you’re traveling at night to your destination because you’ll want to get some rest when you get there to adjust to your new time zone. However, taking a nap during the flight will help you stay awake once you land until it is time for bed if you are coming in the middle of the day and need to stay alert.
Set your watch to the new time zone.
Change your watch to the new time zone before boarding the airline to help you mentally adjust to your new location. Knowing the time at your destination for the duration of your travel will make it much easier for you to adjust.
TIPS: If you don’t want to run the danger of unintentionally missing your flight because you were looking at the wrong time, avoid doing this the day before!
Before you go on a trip, adjust your bedtime.
It’s not necessary to begin using coping mechanisms for fatigue on the day of the flight. You’ll really acclimatize to your new time zone faster if you set your bedtime a few days sooner. Generally speaking, adjust your bedtime earlier if you’re flying east and later if you’re flying west. By doing so, the effects of fatigue will be less severe as you will be more in tune with your new time zone.
Originally posted 2022-07-14 08:00:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter