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October 8, 2017

Get Over Jet Lag and Be More Positively Productive

Being a road warrior is tough enough without having to cope with jet lag. If your job has you boarding a plane every week or two, you know how challenging it is to arrive sharp and ready to work after you have crossed several time zones.

We all live according to circadian rhythms—our internal clocks that tell us when we need to get up and go to bed. Normally, our rhythms work just fine—until we cross time zones, and our bodies are ready for bed at 10 a.m. It can take days for the body to adjust to a new rhythm. Sometimes, we are just beginning to feel normal when we’re headed home to a new bout of jet lag. How do you stay positively productive if your body is functioning according to several time zones away? Here are some tips.shutterstock_48797485

  • Plan for jet lag, especially if you are flying east. Time differences play havoc with your body clock. Give yourself some down time to adjust when you arrive at your destination and avoid having to jump right into a meeting or presentation.
  • Choose a flight that arrives in the morning. Daylight is a cue for your body to stay awake, so even if you are tired, it will be easier to get through the day.
  • Stay hydrated on the flight and after you arrive. If your body dehydrates, you will feel tired and sluggish. Avoid caffeinated drinks, which will dehydrate you more, and alcohol, which will make you sleepy.
  • Avoid sleeping and wake-up pills and supplements. You want your body to adjust normally to the new time zone. Artificial props won’t help in the long-term and may make it harder to recover when you return home.
  • Eat nourishing meals and exercise as often as possible. Airports and airlines don’t always offer the best food, so get in the habit of packing your own supplies. At your destination, eat three meals a day just as you would at home.

Beating jet lag and staying positively productive are easy with preparation and knowing what to do when you arrive at your destination. For more information, see my blog post Avoid Energy Slumps.

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