5 Ways to Minimize Jet Lag
Nothing can hurt a business meeting quite like jet lag. No matter how much time and effort you’ve put into preparations, you’re not going to perform your best if you’re nodding off before you even make it to your car service ride. To make sure you have the best chance for success while traveling for business, try the following tips to minimize jet lag.
1. Start Early
Just like you start preparing for the work component of your trip in advance, get a head start on fighting jet lag by adjusting your schedule before you leave. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that travelers wake up earlier than usual several days in advance for an eastward trip, and later for a westward trip. Ease into it by changing your schedule by 30 minutes or an hour every day.
2. Plan Well
If you’re traveling across several time zones and have an important meeting or presentation, try to arrive two or three days in advance to give your body time to adjust. If you don’t have that luxury, try to find a flight that arrives at your destination in the late afternoon or early evening the day before your meeting. That way you only have to stay up for a few hours and then you can go to bed at a normal time. Even if you’re tired, stay up until at least 9 or 10 p.m. local time. Forcing yourself to stay on the local time will help your body to adjust faster.
“Dehydration increases symptoms of jet lag.”
3. Stay Hydrated
It’s all too easy to become dehydrated when traveling by plane, which is bad news for the business traveler. According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration can increase symptoms of jet lag. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight to give your body the fuel it needs to adjust quickly once you land.
If you arrive at your destination in the morning or afternoon, try to fit in some exercise. Working out will help your body wake up, making you more alert and less groggy. It will also help you fall asleep easier at night. But be sure not to do any heavy exercise in the evening or late at night or you may find it harder to fall asleep.
5. Manage Sun Exposure
The sun has a definite influence on the rhythms of our body. Getting outside will help you adjust more quickly to the time change, but be careful not to go out too early.
“The brain is still back home; if you’re in Paris and you get up at 8 a.m. and expose yourself to bright light, it is still nighttime to your brain,” Robert Rosenberg, D.O., FCCP, of the Sleep Disorders Center of Prescott Valley told The Chicago Tribune. “You want to do everything you can to help your brain adjust to the new time, so expose yourself to sunlight at 4 p.m., when it’s 8 a.m. back home. Just wear sunglasses until then, and then take them off. It’s about easing yourself in.”
No matter the extent of your jet lag, arranging for a pickup from the airport with an airport car service provider will ensure that you get to your destination in a safe and timely manner. Let GroundLink do the navigating for you while you relax and adjust to your new location.
“Use our car service app to schedule your ride in advance of your trip,” recommends GroundLink CEO Liz Carisone. “That way you have one less thing to worry about when you land.”