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The Seven Ways to Make it Happen
1. Stop talking or thinking about it – expect to arrive normally and feel fine.
2. Change your watches to the destination time as soon as you board the aircraft and behave accordingly – even call the food you eat the appropriate name for arrival e.g. dinner is in your mind, breakfast.
3. No Sleep Until Bedtime
No matter what time you arrive at your destination, don’t go to bed until it’s night time there. This can be a big struggle, and you might want to sleep more than you ever have before, but be disciplined, stand up, take a long walk, do whatever it takes so that your body can start adjusting to the new time zone as soon as possible.
4. Don’t Lie Awake For Hours
Your body clock might think that the middle of the night is actually morning and you should wake up. Personally, I think the worst thing you can do when that happens is to lie there for hours trying to get back to sleep. Don’t – get up for an hour and play cards, watch TV or whatever you would do at home in the same situation.
5. Get It Right while you’re still on the Plane
As tempting as it can be to indulge in that free wine on a long flight (and heck, I don’t even have to drive), I try to stop at a small glass with a meal. One glass helps me sleep, so I figure that’s helping.
6. Don’t Listen to All the Conflicting Advice
Doctors and websites will tell you all kinds of other facts about jet lag that I think are less useful. There are also dozens of natural or herbal remedies, over the counter medications or magic drinks that could help – if you find one that helps you, go for it.
7. Think Positive … And Just Get on with it
Jet Lag is psychological – be excited about your holiday and start it the moment you land.