DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
Help your body adjust
* Try to go to bed early a few days before
you leave and get as much sleep as you can during your flight.
* Wear loose, comfortable clothing on the
plane and take your shoes off at take off.
* Put your watch onto the new time zone so
you "think" in that time.
* Many side effects of jet lag are the result
of dehydration, so avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and other
caffeinated beverages and drink plenty of water during your
* Eat lightly on the flight and avoid rich
or exotic foods on the first few days of your trip so that
you can use your energy to adjust to your new surroundings
rather than to digest your food.
* Take it easy on the day you arrive so you
can take advantage of your trip at a leisurely pace and
establish a routine in sync with the local time.
* When you arrive, try to keep going till
bedtime in your new time zone to adapt to local time as
quickly as possible.
* Do light exercise like walking or shopping
to keep you going. Being out in daylight helps your body's
natural rhythm adjust to the new time.
* Eat for comfort - a light meal if that
is all you feel like. (There are no foods, which improve
or worsen jet lag).
* If you have arrived early and want to take
a nap, limit the length to 45 minutes. Avoid longer naps
for two reasons - you will go into deeper sleep the longer
you are asleep and when you wake from deep sleep you often
feel disoriented (sleep inertia). Also, a long nap will
make it harder for you to have a good sleep at night, prolonging
the jet lag.