Dealing with Jet Lag
Jet Lag is the unwanted side effect of long haul flights. It leaves adults and children tired and short tempered. For children the adjustment from one time zone to another is particularly difficult. Young children, especially, can be very sensitive to any changes in their schedules and react poorly to sudden time differences.
Although you can’t fully avoid jet lag there are some things that you can do to try and minimise it. It makes good sense to follow these steps.
Keeping well hydrated will go a long way towards alleviating symptoms of jet lag. Water is best. Try to avoid fizzy drinks as they can leave your tummy feeling uncomfortable. Treat alcohol with caution as you’re likely to feel the effects much quicker on a flight, avoid it if you can. I’ll repeat again – try to stick to water!!
Avoid Too Many Snacks
On a long flight it’s easy to ply the kids with a constant stream of snacks to keep them quiet. Eating small meals and avoiding high sugar snacks will aid digestion. All of which will help regulate your body.
Tweak Your Routine before You Go
If possible, try to get prepared for the new time zone by adjusting your schedule gradually over a weekor two before the trip. If this is not practical, set your watch to your destination time zone as soon as you hit the airport. Try to do things in line with the new time zone.
Physical activity will help your body deal with the jet lag. Get up and walk around on the plane. Once you arrive at your destination take a long walk. Not only will it help you discover the area, it will also help you sleep.
Parents should remember jet lag effects adults and children equally and that children are not as psychologically able to push past the physical effects. Children may need extra nap time for a few days upon arrival at the new destination.