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Preventing Jet Lag

Jet lag is a feeling of tiredness and confusion after a long aircraft journey and affects people who travel across different time zones over a short space of time, such as in the case of long-distant flights. Jet lag can disturb your sleep pattern, as a result making you feel drowsy and lacking in energy. Although it is not possible to prevent jet lag, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce its effects.

Before you travel

  • Change your sleeping pattern a few weeks before your destination by altering your sleeping routine in accordance to your destination.
  • Get enough sleep before you begin your travel. Flying when you are tired can make jet lag worse.
  • Keep calm and relaxed before your journey, making sure to avoid stress.
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the flight, being sure to avoid alcohol.

Jet lag symptoms

During your flight

  • Take short naps during the flight
  • Limit your caffeine consumption and avoid any drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee or tea or coke
  • Eat light meals
  • Avoid alcohol as this can make the symptoms of jet worse
  • Keep active and take regular walks around the cabin to stretch your legs. Additionally stretch your arms and legs while sitting down to avoid a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Change the time of your watch so that you are able to quickly adjust to the new time zones.

What are the symptoms of jet lag

For each person the symptoms of jet lag can vary. The severity of symptoms will usually depend on the length of distance travelled. Symptoms will generally only last for one or two days depending on how quickly your body is able to adjust to the new time zone. The symptoms linked to jet leg are: disturbed sleep pattern, anxiety, constipation, indigestion, irritability, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, lack of energy, headaches, sweating, feeling unwell, and for some women who frequently travel irregular periods.

Is treatment available?

It is possible to relieve these symptoms by using the above techniques. However, more serious symptoms of jet lag can be alleviated with medication. euroClinix offers the jet lag treatment pack, which contains a natural hormone released by the body that tells the brain that it is time to sleep.

It uses the ingredient melatonin, a naturally-occurring hormone, to help your body to adjust better to the unexpected change in sleeping times, meaning you will be able to rest despite the time change. Because it uses the natural hormone melatonin it is unlikely to have a negative effect on your body. As a result this treatment can be used both throughout the trip and for up to three months. As one of the main symptoms of jet lag is sleep disturbance, this treatment pack will effectively reduce the major symptoms associated with the condition.

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