How To Avoid Jet Lag on a Long-haul Flight

September 02, 2023
By Alex Greig

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Jet lag can ruin a holiday if you’re falling asleep over breakfast and staring at the ceiling at night. Follow these easy steps to be jet-lag-free.

Most people who have done a long-haul flight have experienced the debilitating result of super-fast international travel; the one that causes normally high-functioning adults to fall dead asleep in their soup before main course. However, according to meditation expert and founder of meditation organisation 1 Giant Mind, Jonni Pollard, jet lag isn’t inevitable. Pollard says there are several elements necessary for reducing the effects of jet lag and if you get them right, it will never darken your door – or under your eyes – again. 

The basic principles seem almost too simple. Ensure you’re well-rested, organised and relaxed in the lead-up to your trip. Keep yourself well-hydrated before and during the flight. Protect and stimulate your digestion. Readjust your sleep schedule to the hours of your destination, and don’t sleep outside night-time hours. Sound easier said than done? Here’s how to do it.

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