Although travelling to a far off destination is something we all look forward to, we rarely factor jet lag into our adventurous daydreams.
Jet lag is the result of latitudinal travel across numerous time zones. The body clock becomes out of sync with the destination time. In turn, the traveller feels a lack of concentration, energy, motivation, and ability to perform tasks involving skill. For travellers interested in multi-sport activities, this can seem like an inevitable drag on the first few days of adventure.
Fortunately, there are measures you can take to minimize the detrimental affects of jet lag.
- Attempt to partially adapt to the destination time zone in advance
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or caffeine to avoid dehydration
- Drink plenty of water to compensate for the dry atmosphere in airplanes
- Break your trip up in to segments by opting for a layover
- Adjust sleeping hours on the plane to fit what is appropriate at your destination
- Adapt to the local time right away
- Eat meals in accordance with your destination
- Expose yourself to sunlight during the day
- Refrain from taking afternoon naps
There is evidence that suggests that your direction of travel has an affect on the severity of your jet lag. It is easier to adapt to a longer day than to a shorter one. In which case, travelling east to west is more favourable than the alternative.
With these tips, you can overcome the limitations of jet lag and dive right into your active adventure!