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How To Prevent Jet Lag While Traveling

We’ve all been there – adjusting to a new time zone with headaches, nausea, disorientation, insomnia or exhaustion. Add on a day full of meetings or an important presentation, and you are certainly at a disadvantage. While air travel makes it possible to soar to the other side of the world in a matter of hours, the jet lag can take a serious toll. And while there’s no official cure to prevent jet lag, its effects can and should be mitigated for the sake of your business travel. We’ve compiled these tips from a collection of Virtuoso travel advisors to help you from falling behind on your next trip.

Five tips to prevent jet lag, from a collection of Virtuoso travel advisors:

“Set your watch to your destination time when you board the plane and act as if you’re already in that time zone. If it’s night there, try to sleep. If it’s day, do your best to stay awake.”
– JOHN OBERACKER

“To help you sleep during your flight, I highly recommend wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothes. I also bring my own neck pillow and cashmere pashmina that doubles as a blanket. And of course, flying business or first class will help you rest and be ready for your arrival.”
– MARY ANN RAMSEY

“If it’s feasible, schedule an overnight layover en route to your ultimate destination. During my recent family vacation to Hawaii, for example, I arranged flights with a hotel stay in San Francisco, which significantly lessened our jet lag.”
– LISA LEAVITT

“Stress-reducing massages and spa treatments are essential for reducing jet lag – think airport massages and jet-lag therapies on arriving at your destination.”
– PAÔLA MANSUR

“If you arrive during the day, stay active and get as much sunlight as possible. I recommend taking a private tour that will help you get familiar with your destination, requires minimal brain power, and keeps you from slipping into your bed too early.”
– KRISTEN LOWREY LARSON

 

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Beat Jet Lag With The Entrain App

entrainAppIt is difficult to keep up with the many travel related apps being released almost daily.  But according to University of Michigan researchers, the new app Entrain, actually helps minimize jet lag.

The effects of jet lag have been shown to be reduced by taking proactive steps, such as altering your sleep patterns or exposing yourself to sunlight. Doctors have long believed that exposure to light is key. A master biological clock, called circadian rhythm, regulates when we become sleepy and when we are more alert. When you travel across time zones, that body clock must reset itself.

Entrain calculates the optimal sleep and lighting cycles to help you regain rest in your new time zone to reduce the effects of jet lag.

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Prevent Business Travel Jet Lag

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I just found an incredible website that I think all our business travelers will want to know about: Jet Lag Rooster.

According to the site, Jet Lag Rooster is a “free, simple, and effective way to reduce or prevent jet lag.”

You simply add your to/from destination, departure/arrival dates and times, and your normal routine for falling asleep and waking up. Then the site generates your “jet lag plan.”

Each customized plan provides a schedule of when to go to bed, when to wake up, and when to “get light” in the days leading up to your business trip. It even links to light sources to purchase if sunlight is not available or an option.

Figuring out how to avoid severe jet lag on business trips has just been made as easy as can be (and it’s FREE!). Try it on your next trip–especially when jumping several time zones–and let me know how it worked for you.

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How to Reduce Jet Lag

It has now been five days since I returned to the United States from a recent vacation to Dubai (which was fabulous, by the way), and my question every day for the last five days has been: How do international business travelers do it? Because I have the worst case of jet lag!
Dubai is 11 hours ahead of my home time zone and my first few days back at work were “killer.” As I have sought to recover and get back on schedule myself, I’ve learned a bit more about what jet lag really is and how to reduce it.
MedicineNet has been a fantastic resource with their list of 12 tips for minimizing the effects of jet lag, which include: avoiding alcohol (which causes dehydration, disrupts sleeping schedules, and triggers nausea), moving around on the plane (which promotes mental and physical acuity), and changing your schedule as much as possible before leaving on your trip.
Many of their recommendations I already normally do, but some were good to add to my list. Perhaps some of them will help you too.
And my hat goes off to all those international travelers who have somehow figured it out better than me …. or have they? If you have any tips or tricks, please share!