If you’ve travelled on a long haul flight, the chances are you’ve experienced jet lag/ flight exhaustion at some point especially when travelling on business. But what is Flight Exhaustion? The medical term for flight exhaustion/flight exhaustion is Desynchronosis or flight fatigue, it is a temporary disorder that causes tiredness, insomnia amongst other symptoms as a result of air travel across different time zones.
Although it is inevitable if you travel on business, here are 4 tips for fighting off flight exhaustion.
#1 Eat frequently but healthily
With many business trips starting on the first flight of the day, the key to keeping your energy levels up after an early start, is to pack some healthy snacks. Business travellers on a diet know that stocking up on carb-filled foods can cause drowsiness as the food passes through your body – so instead of filling up on a large meal, try to eat healthier choices – little and often! Packing your own snacks can also help reduce food costs too.
#2 Water, Water and more Water!
Hydration is key, don’t forget to buy some bottled water to keep you hydrated rather than waiting for the drinks service on board, or heading to the nearest coffee shop for a calorific caffeine fix. Your body will thank you for avoiding a sugar or caffeine crash.
Remember, dehydration is a large contributor to jet lag/exhaustion so doing everything you can to stay hydrated is a must. The air onboard an aircraft can dehydrate passengers, so drink plenty of fluids and steer clear of the alcohol. A glass of wine or beer may be tempting, but it’s likely to dehydrate you quicker leaving you feeling sluggish/tipsy and increasingly tired.
#3 Try to sync to the new time zone.
Adjusting to the time zone you are travelling to is important, this idea is best practised four days before you travel. It works by trying to change your sleeping and eating time to coincide with the times you’ll do them at your destination. While it may seem a little strange, doing this a few days in advance makes it easier and quicker for your body to adapt to the local time zone.
#4 Pack your vitamins
Packing vitamins such as Vitamin D in the winter can help to compensate for lack of sunshine as well as regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. (The nutrients needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy)
To also minimize the risk of germs, it’s handy to carry a bottle of antibacterial hand gel, as well as avoiding turning on hotel room air conditioners, which can spread germs.