Jet Lag Hints
Things To Do
Most travelers think that they need to sleep through the whole flight, but that is not necessarily
the right thing to do.
Michael Sabitoni, who teaches travel-tourism management at Johnson & Wales University in
Providence, R.I, suggest the following:
Try to stay awake during neal and beverage service, and sleep only when the cabin is darkened.
The flight crew purposely times the lighting and activity levels in the cabin to help you
reset your internal clock.
(Note: You generally won't feel jet lag for two days because you are gaining time
when flying from the Mainland USA)
Here is Sabitoni's "Game Plan" for combating jet lag:
48 hours prior to travel:
During the flight:
Eliminate fatty foods, eat plenty of carbohydrates and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
If possible, avoid taking motion-sickness medications or sleeping pills, which aggravate jet lag.
(I found that the ginger in 'Ginger Snap' cookies combats motion-sickness naturally
without having to put chemicals into your body).
Continue the low-fat, high carbohydrate diet during the flight. You can request a heart-healthy
or vegetable meal when you buy your ticket.
Drink plenty of water and fruit juices, and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Take a bottle of water
on board so you don't have to call the flight attendant every time you're thirsty.
Exercise in your seat and walk around periodically. While seated, you can stretch your arms
overhead, gently stretch your neck, exercise your hands, raise and lower your legs, and bend
over and touch your ankles.
Try to get some sleep during the flight, but wait until the cabin lights are dimmed and the
movie is over.
Opt for a two-hour nap instead of a two-hour sightseeing tour.
After your nap, have a shower and assimilate your activity to the time of day. If it's noon,
have lunch. Then, spend the afternoon touring or shopping, have dinner, and turn in at
a reasonable hour. Then, set your alarm for early the next morning.
Hilton Hotels Corporation and the National Sleep Foundation have published a 20-page booklet
about travel-related sleep disorders. It is available by writing to:
"Sleep and the Traveler II"
7758 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90046
or faxing to: