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Nothing is more uncomfortable and  tiresome than having jet lag for your cross country or international travel.  You could even feel sick for days and your plans just get disrupted.

Here are some tips you can try before and during your travel (link), as well as when you arrive at your destination to fight jet lag:

Before travelling

1.) Choose a flight that arrives early in the evening so you can sleep better through the night.

2.) Days before travelling, try waking up earlier than usual if you are going east and a bit later if you are going west to help your body adjust to the time difference.

3.) Do not stay up all night  before your flight just so you can sleep during your travel.  Be sure you are well-rested before your trip so you won’t feel so tired and groggy.

During your travel

4.) Synchronize your watch to the time zone of your destination as soon as you get on the plane.

5.) Considering your arrival is early evening, you may take a short nap during your trip of not more than two hours.

6.) If you have an overnight flight or you are going to the east, get more sleep on the plane.

7.) To get some sleep on the plane, don’t forget to use eye mask and ear plugs.

8.) Avoid drinking alcohol that will dehydrate you and make you feel more tired.

9.) Avoid caffeinated drinks, as well, since these can disrupt your sleep.

10.) Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and to help you feel better.

Upon arrival

11.) If you arrive while there is still daylight, try to get some sun and do some walking to help your body adjust its clock.

12.) Do not sleep right away as you get to your destination, not unless you arrive during bedtime.  Otherwise, you will find yourself awake in the middle of the night or very early in the morning.

13.) Think and do things in the time in your destination, not back home.

14.) Keep yourself hydrated if you feel jetlagged.  Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

15.) Try to eat some cherries or drink a glass of cherry juice that is known to help your body adjust quicker because of its melatonin content.

With these tips on minimizing jet lag symptoms, now you can enjoy and make the most of your time during your travel.  You don’t have to spend a lot of your time feeling tired and sick for days.