What is jet lag? Jet lag is a series of symptoms that occurs when your internal body clock is disrupted. If you travel across a number of time zones and experience daylight and darkness contrary to the rhythms you are used to, your body clock will be out of synchronization. This results in your body telling you it is time to sleep, when it’s actually the middle of the afternoon, or it makes you want to stay awake when it is late at night.
How to overcome jet lag:
- Adjust your schedule before you leave.
- Select a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime.
- Get outside in the sunlight and get some fresh air. Staying indoors worsens jet lag.