The Best Ways to Avoid Jet Lag – How do you Prevent It?

The jet lag, also known as jetlag, is the feeling of fatigue and disorientation that often results from a change in time zone. The symptoms can range from mild sleepiness to extreme exhaustion and even nausea. Especially if you are flying eastward or westward across many zones (e.g., Paris to New York City) jet lag will be more severe than if you were traveling within one zone (e.g., Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro). This phenomenon is caused by the traveler’s body clock being out of sync with local time because it still thinks it’s daytime when it’s really nighttime outside. Fortunately there are ways to avoid jet lag before it affects you. This blog post will tell more about how you can avoid being jet lagged.

What are the best ways to avoid jet lag?

The best ways to avoid jet lag are to adjust your watch to the time zone you are arriving in, get plenty of sleep before your trip, drink lots of water on the airplane and stay hydrated during your travels, eat healthy food at set times every day, exercise regularly and avoid alcohol.

Other jet lag remedies include trying melatonin pills, taking over-the-counter medication, and sleeping in a comfy pajamas.

Sleeping equipment such as eye masks can also be a great jet lag remedy. Use it wherever you sleep so that jetlag can’t get the better of you!

What is jet lag and how are you affected?

Some people experience a temporary loss in appetite while others may have trouble sleeping at night.

  • If you have been traveling for more than 12 hours or have routes across three time zones, jet lag is likely to happen.
  • Jet lag is caused by the uneven circadian rhythm in your body. Symptoms can vary from person to person, but may include an increased thirst and frequent need to urinate.
  • If jetlagged traveler consumes alcohol, dehydration will be strengthened by stimulation of gastric juice in stomach that can lead to vomiting etc.

Jet lag can affect anyone who travels by jet, train, ship or car; but it’s worse for people who fly long distances because jet engines create air pressure that slows down your body’s natural clock. The symptoms of jetlag vary from person to person, depending on how sensitive you are to jet lag and the length of your trip. In addition to this, many people are too tired to do their jobs well or even function normally every day until they get used back into the new time zone pattern.

Often jetlag leaves people feeling fatigued and disoriented while their natural clock gets back into sync with a new daily cycle pattern. So when you’re trying to avoid jet lag, the main goal is to sync up your body with its natural rhythms as quickly as possible.

How long does it take to recover from jet lag?

Jet lag lasts for about 12 hours, but the time it takes to recover varies.

For jetlag to subside completely, the body needs time for its natural clock to reset itself. The longer the disruption of one’s sleep-wake schedule, the longer it will take for jetlag to dissipate. It may take a few days (or weeks) before sleep patterns are back on track. There is no jet lag cure; instead, one must allow their body’s rhythms to return gradually by traveling with an appropriate schedule and eating according to local food schedules rather than jet lag-inducing American food schedules at home.

Is it better to fly east or west for jet lag?

If you’re flying eastward, jetlag will keep you up even later than normal on that first night and ultimately make your mornings earlier than they should be when daylight saving arrives. When flying westbound, you will feel better in the morning and the jet lag will worsen throughout the day.

However, jetlag is less severe if you’re traveling within a single time zone or staying in one city instead of jumping from place to place. Jetlag won’t cause any permanent problems if you are healthy, as long as proper adjustments are made during travel periods overseas.


To summarize this blog post jetlag causes fatigue, disorientation and other symptoms which are not permanent as long as the jetlagged individual adjusts to their new time zone pattern during travel periods overseas. The best ways to avoid jet lag are adjusting your watch to the local time zone, getting plenty of sleep before your trip, drinking lots of water while traveling and eating healthy food at set times every day. If, after reading this article, you have any questions or need clarification on a point I made, please do not hesitate to contact me leaving a comment down below.

Gabriel Smith

Hello, my name is Gabriel and I LOVE to sleep. Okay, you’re right, a lot of people do like sleep. But my passion is actually not sleeping. My interest lies in the “theoretical part”. What to do before bedtime. What a good night’s sleep is. etc. In short, how to sleep well. I hope you share the same interest as me, and enjoy reading everything about sleep.

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