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Jetlag- How to Beat the Sleepiness

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Jetlag is a huge factor when it comes to travel, especially transcontinental travel.  It scares and effects some people so horrifically, it keeps them from traveling.  Everyone feels differently when it comes to jetlag, but it is no question that it impacts everyone, even in some small way.  Now, for those of you like me who don't have time to adjust your internal clock one hour every day prior to departure, I am going to let you in on some tricks that I LIVE by when it comes to fighting jetlag.

Hydration > Jetlag

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Hydration is the number one key to beating jetlag.  I'm not talking liquid courage (though I know that whiskey sounds tempting).  Actually staying away from coffee and alcohol inflight is one of the best things you can do when it comes to fighting jetlag. Bring your empty camelback through security, and fill it up at water fountains.  Hydrating before, during and after your flight is going to save you a world of tired days when you reach your exciting destination.

Get to Sleep on the Plane!

Don't be like me, catching some zzzs on the floor of the airport....

Now I know this seems obvious, but it is SO CHALLENGING for so many people.  You are uncomfortable, full of nerves, and all around just wound up and not in ideal conditions to sleep. So for those of us who cannot pass out at a moment's notice, here are my favorite tricks to fall asleep (especially on long haul flights and red eyes).

In Flight Sleep Kit

  1. Eye Mask
  2. Melatonin
  3. Essential Oils
  4. Turn off Screens
  5. Noice Cancelling Head Phones
  6. Neck Pillow
  7. Blanket
  8. Warm Socks

Yes, all of this fits into my personal item, you just have to know how to pack it!

Choose the proper seat for you!

Now again, this may seem pretty obvious but....you never know.  I ALWAYS splurge on buying the window seat.  If I can't afford to pay the extra 45$ to be able to sleep comfortably I probably shouldn't be traveling.  If you are a big dude and need the extra legroom, go ahead and do us all a favor and buy it. Because if one more asswagon tries and stops me from reclining my seat when it's bedtime on a transcontinental flight, we are going to have some problems.

Wake Up Properly to Fight Jetlag with a Bang!

With all that good sleep, you might find it hard to wake up, so it's time to get to moving and go about your normal morning routine!  How do you do that on a plane?  Simple, the same way you do it anywhere else.

  1. Wash face with baby wipe/ face cloth/ warm paper towel
  2. Brush teeth in the bathroom.
  3. Change into day clothes
  4. Drink water
  5. Drink coffee

Once you are off the plane comes the hard part.  It is PERTINENT that you force yourself to adapt to the new time zone.  Take naps if you need to! The most important thing is to stay away and try and fall asleep at a normal time in the timezone you are in!!

Did I leave anything out?  How do you beat jetlag??? Let me know in the comments below and Happy Travelling!!!