Travelling by plane can be tough, both on the body and the mind, and it doesn’t always get easier the more you do it. Find out how you can optimise your travel in-flight routine with our top tips, to help you hit the ground running.
Jet lag – the curse of long-haul flights
If you’re a regular flyer, you’ve probably experienced jet lag. It’s simply your body clock becoming out of sync with your new time zone. Often, when we think about jet lag, we think about sleep problems - but it’s often more than that. Although the main issues are sleep, jet lag can also make you experience digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea and bloating. The key to minimising jet lag is to try and adjust to your new time-zone as quickly as possible.
Landing in the morning
If you’re flying while it’s night time in your destination, try and sleep on the plane (bring on the ear plugs!) and hold off eating until breakfast time – if possible, wait until you’ve landed and get a hearty breakfast or brunch and some natural light with it too. This will help your body recognise that it’s the start of the day – regardless of what time it was when you left. It could also help to try and build in as much of your usual morning routine into your journey as possible. For example, clean your teeth and wash your face before you go to sleep and then again when you wake up and freshen up with clean underwear and deodorant before you land. This all goes someway to helping you and your body adjust.
Landing in the evening
If you’ll be landing towards the end of the day, stay awake on the plane as much as you can, keep yourself entertained and move and stretch regularly. Start winding down as you approach your destination so you can get to sleep as soon as possible and then force yourself to wake up at a reasonable time in the morning.