You’ve now learned some travel tips to help you stay healthy, sleep better, pack your carry-on bag and prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) on your next flight in our other blog posts.
Did you know that there are things you can do during your journey that will help your body recover more quickly once you arrive at your destination?
Your internal time clock is controlled by the hormone melatonin. When it gets dark, melatonin makes you drowsy and controls your body temperature while you’re sleeping.
If you cross time zones quickly, the internal time clock in your body desynchronises. This results in jet lag, which disturbs your sleep-wake patterns, impedes concentration and causes fatigue, headaches, irritability and stress.
Jet lag isn’t pleasant, and you’ll want to get over it quickly if you have things to do soon after your arrival.
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To help your body recover from jet lag, faster
1. What you should always wear on a plane
- ?Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing
- Wear graduated compression socks – these will help prevent blood from pooling in your calves. They also stimulate blood circulation, reduce swelling and protect you against DVT.
- Use our simple Compression Sock Checklist to find which flight socks you should be wearing.
2. Inflight Exercise
- Exercise your calf and foot muscles every half hour:
- While seated, bend and straighten your toes, feet and legs
- Press the balls of your feet down firmly against the floor or footrest
- Massage your ankles, feet and legs
- Don’t cross your legs
- Take a quick walk to get your circulation going once you arrive at your destination
3. Stay hydrated
- The air inside a plane is extremely dry; humidity may be less than 20%. In comparison, average comfort levels are 40–70% humidity. To stay hydrated:
- Drink plenty of water to reduce headaches, cramps and fatigue
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine—try herbal tea instead
- Avoid salty food
4. Adjust your watch
- Prior to takeoff, adjust your watch to your destination’s time zone. Try to sleep when it’s night time at your destination – pillows, blankets, noise cancelling headphones, essential oils and sleep masks all help.
- If it’s daytime at your destination, try to resist the urge to sleep on the plane.
5. Enjoy the stopover
- This can provide a welcome break from flying, help you adjust your body clock and give you the opportunity to explore a new city.
6. Allow a few days to adjust
- If you can, avoid planning any intensive activities in the first few days of your trip, to give yourself time to adjust once you arrive.
7. Sunlight is key
- If you travel east, avoid morning light but catch some rays in the afternoon.
- If you travel west, get as much light exposure as you can right before sunset.
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