Jet lag can make your otherwise fun trip a bummer, but there are a number of ways to prevent it or cope with it. One way to curb it? Pick an early evening flight.
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Your mileage is definitely going to vary with this one, but Natalie Dautovich, PhD, an Environmental Fellow at the US National Sleep Foundation, told Travel + Leisure it's best to catch a flight that arrives in the early evening. The reasoning behind it is:
"Select a flight that allows early evening arrival," suggests Dautovich, which could mean skipping sleeping entirely and making it easier to stay up until 10pm local time, which is the suggested bedtime when visiting a destination that adheres to a different time zone.
If you can't swing it or you have a really long flight and want to sleep on the plane, doctor Carl Bazil, a sleep specialist and professor of neurology at Columbia University, told the site that it helps to make sure you eat before you get on the plane:
It's part of the circadian rhythm where you're trying to tell your body, 'ok, this is dinnertime.' Plus, you don't have to wait on the plane until they give you the bad meal and you can just go to sleep.
Jet lag cures vary depending on the individual, but these tips are worth a shot. For more advice, head to the full post at the link below.