One of the greatest joys of remote working is being able to jet-off to some sun-kissed paradise when you feel like it. You just need a laptop, a phone, and an internet connection and you’re good to go whether you’re smack-bang in the middle of NYC or lounging on a tropical island (hello trip to Bali!).
But all that jet-setting can take its toll and if you’ve swapped the daily grind for this globetrotting lifestyle, then jet lag can take hours, even days out of your schedule. This can leave you drained, fatigued, and behind on important deadlines. Luckily, there are a few ways you can combat jet lag and get back to work quickly.
1. Fly During the Day
If you fly at night then you’ll be more prone to falling asleep, and if you’re crossing time zones then by the time you land and wake up, it could be time to fall asleep again. Fly during the early morning hours if possible, stay awake during the flight, and try to adapt to your destination’s local time wherever possible.
2. Avoid the Booze
A quick drink before the flight might seem like a great way to start your holiday and get you into the spirit, but if it’s a working holiday and you want to keep the jet lag to a minimum then save it for later. Alcohol consumed at altitude can have a stronger effect on you, leaving you dehydrated and tired and crippling you when the jet lag eventually kicks in.
The same goes for sleeping tablets and sedatives in general. It may sound like a good idea and a great way to shorten the flight, but in reality it’s only going to leave you tired and brain fogged for the first couple days of your holiday. You may also want to avoid consuming too much coffee. If you’re a caffeine addict then drink in moderation and save your biggest dose until the plane lands, assuming it doesn’t land during the night.
3. Fly Smart
Some planes are better than others at helping you to beat jet lag. The A350, for instance, comes equipped with advanced humidification and air purification systems, as well as lighting systems that simulate natural light regardless of the hour.
The same applies to a handful of other long-haul planes, but the plane isn’t the only way you can keep to natural cycles. You can also try to stay within the same or similar timezones. And if you have any pressing deadlines, make sure you’ll have a chance to work on these while on the plane, as that way you can spend more time acclimatizing and less time working when you land.
4. Break-up the Flight
If you’ve always dreamed of flying to Australia, Japan or China, think about breaking the flight up with multiple stop-overs. Not only will you avoid jet lag, but you’ll be able to fly for less and see more, visiting a host of beautiful countries on the way. Give yourself a few days at least to truly explore all there is to see and to ensure your body has adapted before the next stop.
5. Eat Well and Move
Avoiding DVT on a flight is essential, especially if you’re already a greater risk, if you’re flying long distance or if you fly a lot. But the things that can help you to avoid this potentially fatal issue will also help to stimulate blood flow and keep jet lag to a minimum when you land. If you spend the entire flight sitting still, you’re going to be stiff and fatigued by the time you land, but if
you’re active (or as active as you can be on a plane) it’ll be like any other day and you’ll be ready to go.You also need to eat well and avoid processed foods, as they are loaded with refined sugars that will cause your blood sugar to crash. Make sure you’re eating plenty of protein and complex carbs to keep those energy levels up.
Conclusion: It Can be Done
Jet lag is a real issue and it’s not something that will go away entirely, especially during long- haul flights, but if you follow the tips above you can keep it to a minimum and ensure that it doesn’t impact your work.
Now that you’re ready to beat the jet-lag, book your next trip abroad below!
Written by Nicky Sarandrea; a freelance writer who has written on dozens of subjects and published thousands of articles. He is a large advocate for the remote working and co-working industries, and works out of the Cross Campus Pasadena office.
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