Most of us travelers have experienced jet lag, more or less. And it's normal to go through this!
When you travel through many time zones (for example from Europe to Laos), you'll probably feel it even more than a traveler coming from Australia or Japan.
There's a lot of advice on this topic, and not every tip suits everybody. So, experiment!
Remember that these tips may be used when returning home as well...
Now... let's get started!
If you're too excited on your last night before departure, make sure you have everything ready (your backpack, passport etc.) two days before leaving.
Use your last day to relax and to be with your friends and family. You should try to drink a nice and warm Chamomile tea a couple of hours before bed time. Chamomile has a sedative effect, and I drink it almost every time I have trouble sleeping.
You might try to ask the stewardess if they have an eye mask available. Some airlines provide this for free on long-distance flights, like Cathay Pacific.
To avoid getting tempted, sit at a café or take a long walk.
On the other hand, don't go crazy on activities which demand concentration and physical attention, like rock-climbing, trekking etc. You have to agree that it's much better to actually recall the things you've experienced during your trip.
Here are the possible symptoms (the symptoms may vary from person to person):
Recognize the symptoms?
Most of us have gone through these symptoms.
If jetlagged, you will experience many of these symptoms.
I've personally been through 19 of the 20 symptoms listed and it wasn't exactly a piece of cake to handle. Usually the symptoms will last for a couple of days (or even weeks). It took me about 3 weeks to recover when I returned home, probably because I didn't know how to cope with it. And to be honest: I was lazy and just didn't care about night and day - I like staying up all night ...so much for adjusting..
Note: Watch out when booking a ticket - you don't want to go to work or school right away when you're jet lagged. Make sure you calculate enough time for a recovery period.
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