How to Beat Jet Lag

Most of us encounter jet lag when traveling by plane over four time zones.  I have the most difficulty when it comes to traveling to Europe from the Unites States.  In addition, I can’t sleep on planes which only makes the problem worse!

In the past, I attempted to fight off jet lag by spending time in direct sun immediately after landing in Europe.  Last year, I read that it’s actually best to avoid direct sunlight until about 10am.  I tried this and while I still had jet lag, it was not as bad as in years past.  If you are traveling from the west coast of the USA, then you should get as much sun as you can on the day of your arrival.  Apparently this suppresses melatonin.

Also, avoid sugary foods, caffeine and alcohol during a flight (I know, hard to do!).  I’ve also find it helpful to hit the gym or take a yoga class one day before traveling.

What do you do to limit the effects of jet lag?


About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER ( While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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