5 ways to avoid jetlag

1. Adjust your internal clock

A few days before you leave, try to slowly adjust your body clock by going to bed and waking up either a little earlier or later each day (depending on your direction of travel)

2. Cut the coffee

Drink less (or no) coffee as you approach the day of your flight. Caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns, and can make you more likely to wake up during the night.

3. Try a sleep aid

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the option of taking a sleep aid to help reset your circadian rhythm. This could help you adjust to the new time zone faster.

4. Go outside during the day

Being out in the sun during the day will help your body clock adjust to the time zone you are in, and will reduce natural melatonin production during daytime hours.

5. Avoid naps

You might plan to take a 20 minute nap when you get to your hotel at 4pm, but chances are you will wake up groggily, turn off your alarm, and end up waking up at 2am. It’s best to avoid sleeping at least until the sun goes down to give yourself the best chance of sleeping through the night.

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