How to Leave Jet Lag Behind


Mihae catches some ZZZZs on a flight from Portland to Las Vegas.

Mihae catches some ZZZZs on a flight from Portland to Las Vegas.



I flew from Houston to Honolulu last night.  I got up on time and worked nine hours today.  I’ve also been known to be ready to party after a 24-hour journey without so much as a nap.

 My motto has always been “jetlag is all in your head.”  Now I have yet to find another human being who agrees with this statement and it’s a bit drastic but I do believe you have the power to lessen its affects with a few simple tips:

  •  “I’m so tired.  Its 2:00 in the morning back home.”  Never say or think this. You are not at home, so who cares what time it is there?  Besides, it’s kind of irritating.
  •  Start your trip well rested.  
  • Freshen up before you get off the plane, it will wake you up.  Brush your teeth, wash your face, and redo your hair and makeup. Besides, you’ll want to arrive looking fabulous!
  • Make yourself comfy!  Bring ear plus, eye patch, noise canceling headphones, neck pillow and a good ole Tylenol P.M. doesn’t hurt.
  • Change the time on your watch to your new destination the minute you get on the plane.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine and stay hydrated.
  • Upon arriving at your destination, try to fight the urge to nap.
  • Eat meals and go to bed and wake up the same time you normally would.
  •  At bedtime, take the herbal remedy melatonin, this is the natural hormone that will restore your sleep patterns and tell your body it’s time to go to sleep.  You can find it at any health food or drug store.


 If you have any great tips, please share them with us.  Happy traveling!



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