In Romania, I arrived in a time zone 8 hours ahead of where I came from. Spent over 20 hours traveling by plane. I’ve heard it said it takes about one day per hour of jet lag for your body to adjust to the change so you can be functional. That would be 8 days in this situation. Why suffer that long?
Here’s my plan based on a Brian Tracy article. I’ve found it effective to overcoming jet lag fast. I’ve been doing it for at least four years and it really helps. Basically it goes like this:
- Stay hydrated on your trip, drink about a pint of water per hour of traveling. Unfortunately I couldn’t drink as much as needed (wrong currency in Germany) so I was a little dehydrated, but not too bad.
- When you get to your destination, take a hot shower or bath, as hot as you can stand. Soak in it 5 minutes per hour of time change. For 8 hours, that would be 40 minutes. This trip, I lasted about 30 minutes. The hot water is the most important action.
- Get immediately on the schedule of the new time zone, don’t take a long nap to recover. Get a meal, drink some coffee, etc. Did I tell you I love Coffee? If you do too, buy some awesome high brow coffee online at Uncle Robbie’s Coffee Shop, we earn few bucks per bag towards my missions trips.
- The next day wake up at your usual waking time, for me that was about 6:00am Eastern European Time (11:00pm US Central Daylight Savings Time).
- It worked the first day. Woke up good, good energy all day. No headaches. no disorientation. Feeling pretty good. I am staying up later tonight than I should, but that’s because I’m trying to get ahead on some projects, like writing blog posts.
Question for you:
Do you have any tips for overcoming jet-lag and/or travel fatigue?
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