22nd January 2020
Jet lag occurs when your normal sleep pattern is disturbed after a long flight and can last for a few days until your body adjusts to the new time zone.
Unfortunately there isn’t a jet lag cure as a treatment doesn’t exist. Sleeping tablets may be helpful if you are having issues sleeping but the NHS advises they should only be used if symptoms are severe and for a short period as they can be addictive. There may not be a cure for jet lag but there are ways you can reduce the effects.
Although jet lag can’t be fully prevented, there are ways reduce the effects and help improve your chances of a quick recovery.
If your trip is only going to be a short stay, say 2 to 3 days, then it might be worth staying on ‘home time’ to help keep your body clock on its usual routine, therefore reducing the chances of jet lag when you return. If you are a frequent flyer it might be worth seeking advice from a sleep specialist. A specialist can work with you to develop a sleep programme that will help reduce the symptoms of jet lag.
Although there isn’t a cure for jet lag, as you see there are plenty of things you can do to help reduce your chances of experiencing extreme jet lag.