Smart Honeymooning: 6 Tips to Combat Jet Lag

Posted by Adam Warner

sunrise001.jpgWhile it's practically impossible to avoid jet lag on long-haul trips, there are a number of ways that you can reduce its effects -- and fast. If your upcoming honeymoon travels have you crossing multiple time zones, look to implement these six jet lag tips so you can feel refreshed and get back on your feet in no time.

Don't sleep until bedtime at your new destination. This is absolutely crucial. It's going to be a struggle, but do everything you can to fight through it. The idea here is to get your body adjusted to the new time zone as fast as possible. If you find yourself at a destination where you aren't tired yet at bedtime, force yourself to get some shuteye. Close the curtains, put on a sleep mask, and don't stay up too late.

Adjust your mindset. Do not even attempt to compare the new time to the old time. Keep focused on your new time and don't let the comparisons drag you around. For instance, as soon as you step foot onto the plane, change your watch or phone to the time at your next destination. Adhere to that time immediately and don't turn back.

Don't over-do it. It's important that you don't do too much too soon once you touch down at your new destination. Keep things simple and use your first day or two to relax, adjust, and get acclimated with your new surroundings. Take a leisurely walk around town. Stop at a café and people watch. Save that grueling hike or all-day driving tour for a few more days down the road.

Skip the wine and go with water instead. If you've got a huge time (particularly west to east) difference ahead of you, pass on that pre-flight champagne or glass of wine with dinner. Instead, hydrate before, during, and after your flight to keep on track.

Get sleep in the air. Bring a sleep mask, ear plugs, and neck pillow and eliminate as many distractions as you can. Forget about caffeine. The goal is to put your mind at ease.

Be prepared before your flight. Take a few days before your trip to adjust your body to your upcoming destination. Be rested, get exercise, don't drink too much alcohol, and drink a lot of water. For instance, if you're flying to London from New York with a five-hour time difference, consider going to bed a little bit earlier each night heading into your trip.

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