Flying private offers many advantages - flexible hours,luxury services, reduced flight time - however the impact of jetlag remains uncomfortable even with tailor-made travels.
Going East to West is easier on the human body as it can endure a longer day better than a shorten one.
Before the flight:
When traveling to a far destination where jet lag has a major impact, it is essential to get a full night’s sleep prior to the flight. Reducing sleep time the niht before to better rest on the plane is not recommended.
Similarly, passengers should plan to arrive at destination during the day as the human body has less trouble staying awake during daylight.
Modifying eating and sleeping habits to fit those of the destination - sleeping two hours later / earlier depending on the destination- may reduce the effect of jetlag.
Passengers should start synchronizing the human body to the future time zone.
During the flight:
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided on long distance flights. They lead to dehydration and increase fatigue, two factors weakening the body in the fight against jet lag.
Passengers should also keep away from coffee or tea and replace them with water.
Sleeping a few hours on the plane helps the body get used to the future time zone.
After the flight:
Upon arrival, it is recommended to take advantage of daylight as much as possible. The sun has a positive impact on the brain and helps overcoming the lack of sleep.
Keeping similar sleep patterns – number of hours of sleep- when abroad, helps regaining strength.
Passenger should try to immediately adjust to the new rhythm of life (activities, sleep and meal time) of the new time zone.
To get over any potential jetlag, it is equally important to anticipate the change of time zone before the flight and rapidly adapt to the schedules of the visited country.
Photo Credit : Shutterstock