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Jet Lag Tips

24 Jul 2017

How to Beat Jet Lag quickly

Jet lag can cause anxiety in travellers who want to make the most of their trip. We have the following recommendations for beating jet lag healthily and in the minimum time.


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Melatonin and timed exposure to bright light are the only proven methods for readjusting your body clock to help you adjust to a new time zone more quickly. Try our Jet Lag Calculator to see how this would work.

Otherwise, the following tips may help you combat the effects of jet lag:

  • Adjust your itinerary to minimise sleep loss and fatigue.
  • Avoid night-time flights when possible, especially if you won’t be able to lie down and sleep for six hours or longer; and if you can’t, build a rest period on arrival into your schedule.
  • Eat healthily and avoid alcohol.
  • Give your body as many “clues” to your new time zone as you can – adjust your wristwatch, observe local meal times and bed times.
  • Accept that your performance may be reduced through jet lag, and avoid important business activities for at least the first 24 hours following arrival.
  • If you need to arrange meetings or any other activities on arrival that require you to be mentally alert, pick a time that corresponds to daylight hours in your home time-zone.
  • Talk to your doctor or consult a specialist travel clinic about using sleeping medication to reduce sleeplessness during the adjustment period at your destination.
  • Discuss use of medication to adjust wakefulness (e.g. modafinil – Provigil or Nuvigil)
  • For very short trips, consider staying on home time.

Fleet Street Travel Clinic is a leading London Travel Clinic offering expert medical advice, vaccinations and medication to ensure you are prepared for your trip.


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