How to Cope with Jet Lag
If you are traveling to the United States from another country, jet lag is sure to be something that you will be plagued with. Even if you are traveling within the country, from one time zone to another, you may find yourself dealing with a bit of jet lag. While it can be difficult to adjust to the difference in time – for example, it may be midnight in your home city, while it is just 6 o’clock in the evening in the city you are visiting – you don’t have to let the difference in time zones control your trip. Instead of falling victim to your body’s natural clock and locking yourself in your hotel room to get some Zzzzz’s (which can cause you to miss out on several days of your trip,) follow these tips for coping with jet lag. The sooner you cope with the jet lag, the sooner you will be able to readjust your clock and the sooner you will be able to enjoy your trip to the United States.
DON’T Go Right to Sleep! While it certainly may seem tempting to go right to sleep when you reach your hotel room when you are plagued with jet lag; DON’T! It is best if you stay awake to acclimate to the time difference. If it is normally your bed time in your home city, yet it is day light in the place you are visiting, staying awake will actually help your body adjust to the new time schedule. If you sleep according to your time schedule back at home, you may find that you will never adjust to the new time zone and you will end up missing out on prime activity times.
Get Moving. How can you stay awake when your body and mind want to sleep? Get moving! There will be plenty that you will want to see and do, so why not get right out to sightseeing to get your body moving? Moving about will help to keep you awake and get you on your new schedule.
Drink Water. Staying hydrated is also another way that you can cope with jet lag. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, as they may disrupt your sleep schedule and dehydrate you, which will make you even sleepier.
Hot Bath. Soaking in a hot bath will help to soothe your sour muscles from your trip and will help to sooth your mind into a comfortable state to help you get to sleep easier when it’s time for bed.