These days, I tend to think that ‘the getaway season’ can be any time of the year, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, getting ready to jet off on holiday any day now, this post could be just for you. Especially if you’re looking for ideas as to how to go about combatting jet lag and sleeping better, whilst you’re away.
Whilst I’m sure you love your holidays, if you’re anything like most people, you hate the effect that travel has on your body – especially that dreaded jet lag! With just a few tweaks to your travelling routine, you can minimise any negative impact your jet setting may have and make the most of your time at your holiday destination. You’ll also find it easier to get back in to your routine, once you return!
My Top Travel Tips
Here are my top tips to help you minimise the impact that travel has on your body;
- Prepare for your trip! It sounds obvious! But you want to be as relaxed as possible before you leave your front door. Make sure you’re all packed a few days before your departure. If it helps, it might even be an idea to have reflexology or a massage to help get you in a chilled out and relaxed holiday mood!
- Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. That way, you can have a leisurely and calm departure experience. Even booking an airport lounge, which tend to be far quieter and calmer, could be a nice treat and help you get in the holiday mood at the very start of your journey.
- Opt for a night flight. They often tend to be cheaper too! If you’re flying long-haul and the schedule permits, look into booking an overnight flight. Taking off at night will allow you to relax better on the plane and help re-adjust your body clock for when you do arrive. When you get on the plane, reset your watch to the time zone of your destination, which will make you more aware of what your body should be doing. Once you arrive at your accommodation, if its ‘bed time’, go straight to bed. If it’s lunchtime and you’re feeling tired, resist the urge to sleep or take a nap but allow yourself an easy and chilled out day without too much physical activity. An afternoon by the pool or beach could be the perfect choice.
- Make sure you keep hydrated while travelling. Keeping your fluid levels up by drinking plenty of water will make you feel far less lethargic. Avoid drinking alcohol on your flight because the effect it has will be far greater and and you’ll notice that effect much more quickly than you would on the ground. Caffeinated drinks will also make you feel dehydrated.
- Request a specific room location. If you have the option, ask for a room at the far end of the corridor and away from the high traffic areas around lifts, restaurants, pools or reception areas. Rooms on a higher floor will often tick a number of these options by default but do think about being away from the lifts. All of this will reduce the possibility of a disturbed night. When you do eventually go to sleep on your first evening, make use of the “Do Not Disturb” sign until you’ve adjusted to the local time zone.
- Make sure your room is dark and at an acceptable temperature. For most of us, that means not too warm or too cold – although you will have your own preference. In general, the ideal temperature range is between 19 – 21C. Just make sure that you give the thermostat enough time to adjust – around an hour or so before bed time is ideal!
- Travel with ear plugs and/or an eye mask. If you’re a light sleeper, these can be a god send! Alternatively, you can get lots of different sleep apps on your mobile phone, these days. These apps can play anything from waves on the beach, dolphins singing or a variety of different ‘white noise’, all of which will help your mind to focus on them, rather than being woken by a door shutting in the corridor or some other distracting sound.
- Take your favourite pillow or blanket from your own bed. If you have room in your case or carry-on, this will help you feel more relaxed and help you sleep better. Particularly, if you have a preference in firmness of pillow. Having your own pillow or blanket will also allow you to adjust much more readily to your new surroundings and help you feel more rested. The scent of something from home may also help. If you have a favourite candle, essential oil or room spritz that you use, take that with you, too! The last thing you need is to feel like you need another holiday to recover from the one you’ve just been on!
- Plan for your return. When you come home, allow yourself a day or so to relax and unwind in your own surroundings, before going back to work. This will give your body the opportunity to ‘re-set’ and get back in sync with your usual time zone! The extra day off allows you to do all those ‘fun’ jobs like laundry and putting the suitcases away, without getting stressed out about them hanging around the house for the next week.
- Eat the right kind of foods relative to the time of day, when you get home. And make sure that you don’t eat heavy meals for a few days, until your body has readjusted.
So, there you have it. My top tips for minimising the adverse effects that travelling to and from your holiday may have on you. And they’re all pretty simple to incorporate in to your holiday planning.
Wherever and whenever you’re going, have a fantastic time!
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