1. Adjust your sleep schedule
Simulate the time zone that you will be travelling to. If you are travelling east, move your bedtime earlier by half an hour daily for a few nights prior to departure. If you are travelling west, try and do the opposite to get your body prepared.
2. Reset your watch on board
Once you get on the plane, adjust the time on your watch or mobile phone to match that of your final destination. Try to sleep if it is nighttime where you are going; conversely, attempt to stay awake if it is daytime.
3. Stay awake till bedtime
After arriving at your destination, fight the urge to jump into bed early. This might cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Instead, go for a walk before dinner. Jet lag hates sunlight, exercise and fresh air.
4. Consider medication
While medication is usually not necessary to fight jet lag, you might want to take some melatonin (which adjusts your circadian rhythm) if the previous three tips do not help. Visit your doctor for a proper prescription.
This article was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Silkwinds magazine