Spring break is here, which means summer break is right around the corner. During these times, travel is at its peak; and with travel, comes jet lag. Jet lag not only leaves you tired and groggy, it can also leave you dehydrated, with an upset stomach, and with a headache. Even though the best way to combat jet lag is to tough it out, there are ways to decrease the effects to avoid you becoming a cranky traveler. 

Part of jet lag has to do with how long your trip is, and the direction you are flying. If you are flying west, you will have lighter effects than those traveling east. Travelers flying east "lose time", which pushes all normal habits forward. 

Here are some tips to avoid the effects of jet lag:

  • Before your flight, switch the time on your watch or clock on your phone to the time of your destination. 
  • Throughout your flight, avoid consuming large or spicy meals to avoid an upset stomach. 
  • Drink up. It is recommended to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are in the air to avoid dehydration.
  • Once you have landed, eat a well-balanced meal.
  • When it is time for bed, if your destinations time conflicts with your own sleep schedule, take some melatonin two hours before bedtime to help you sleep. Melatonin is sold over the counter as a health supplement; make sure to read the directions on the label before use. 
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