The symptoms of jet lag usually ease quickly and disappear within a few days of arrival. You can minimise the impact of jet lag by:
- Planning your arrival time to coincide with bedtime at your destination.
- Pre-conditioning your body in the days before you leave. Go to bed earlier than usual if you are flying eastward and stay up later if you are flying westward.
- If possible, scheduling a stopover.
- Setting your watch to ‘destination time’ while boarding your plane and sticking to it for waking and sleeping.
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Eat regular light meals on the aircraft and when you arrive at your destination.
- Avoiding making important commitments for the first 24 hours after arrival as your judgement may be impaired. If possible, give yourself time to recover from the time difference.
- Taking a walk in daylight on the day you arrive. This will help set your body clock.
Taking a mild sleeping tablet at night for the first one - two days after arrival to help you sleep while your body clock adjusts to the new time zone.