It's one in the morning and I can't freakin sleep. It's my own fault though, as I slept too long into the day after arriving with a flight at 5 am this morning.
That's a great opportunity to remind me and everyone else of the best practices for overcoming jetlag.
During the flight:
Stay hydrated - Your body has to deal with a lot of change when you zap through multiple timezones. Make sure to drink enough water.
No alcohol and coffee - It's tempting to opt for the free booze and coffee, but it will make everything just worth.
Get some rest - I envy people who settle into their seat and start snoring after 30 seconds. I have a hard time sleeping on planes and always come equipped with an eye mask, earplugs, neck pillow, and sleeping pills. The latter knock me out cold and make sure I get enough sleep. Those are best to be used on night flights with 8 hours +.
After the flight:
Be active - When you arrive at your destination, try to stay active all day. Go for a walk in the fresh air, explore your destination, or go the gym for a light workout when you're at home. This will make the adjustment easier.
Take only short naps - If you feel so tired that you can't keep your eyes open for one more minute, there is no way around a nap. Limit it to 30 minutes max though. When you sleep longer, you'll move into a deep sleep and wake up groggy and disoriented.
Use melatonin to adjust - Melatonin can gently help you go to sleep when you're not tired yet. This might be necessary when you have to quickly adjust to a new timezone and have to be fresh the next day.
Does anybody else have any other tips or tricks for dealing with jetlag? Let me know!