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How do you deal with jet lag?
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There’s the good, the bad and the ugly about international travel. The good? New experiences and exciting places, fabulous food and wine, and lots of learning. The bad? Perhaps long lines, full flights, and security are your least favorites, like they are mine. The ugly? For many, jet lag is the unwelcome gift that keeps on giving.
According to the CDC, jet lag is caused by a mismatch between a person’s normal daily rhythms and a new time zone. It is a temporary sleep problem that usually occurs when you travel across more than three time zones. Practically, this can mean sleepless nights and flagging energy when you arrive at your destination.
If you’re concerned, there are websites full of tips and information about dealing with jet lag, but here’s what’s worked for me for the last 30 years.
I follow my own rules and with the exception of flying to Australia, have rarely experienced the effects of jet lag. I always have a glass or two of wine on the plane (and perhaps one at the airport before takeoff). I may watch a movie before sleeping a few hours. When I get to my destination and check in at a hotel, I immediately go out for a long walk, exploring the neighborhoods, the countryside—wherever I am lucky enough to land. Sometimes I may need to go to a business meeting right away—whatever it is – and after 30 years of international business travel, I found that keeping busy helps eliminate or reduce the effects of jet lag. I avoid naps, have a great dinner and then go to bed at night, as I would if I were at home.
I recognize that we’re all different. And just like everything else in life, we all react differently to different situations. What works for you might not work for me, and vice versa.
Knowing we’re all different, we’d love to hear—how do you deal with (or avoid) jet lag?
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