Traveling is often a passion for many people, especially when it’s your honeymoon. However, while you get to see some amazing places, there are often drawbacks you do need to consider. For example, adjusting to a new time zone can be difficult. Learn how to avoid jet lag so you can enjoy your time away!
Sometimes you may find that you struggle with jet lag. It often hits you, especially when traveling to a new time zone and going on little or no sleep after the big day.
The fatigue can be too much. Additionally, you run the risk of missing out on the first few days of your holiday away as newlyweds. Therefore, don’t let it get you down. Here are five tips to help you avoid jet lag and overcome it quickly.
5 Simple Tips on How to Avoid Jet Lag
1. Start preparing for a different time zone at home.
Jet lag tends to affect you a little more if you are traveling east. This is because a different time zone means that your body feels like your day is shorter rather than getting longer when you travel west.
If you are traveling east, it’s a good idea to start going to bed a little earlier a few days ahead of time. As a result, you can start preparing your body for the change in time zone.
That way, you are less likely to struggle as your body is a little more prepared for the time change in time.
2. Set your watch to your honeymoon destination while you are at home.
Before you get on the plane, set your watch to your honeymoon location. Pre-adjusting to the time zone is essential if you have to endure a hefty plane journey.
If you set your watch to your honeymoon destination, you can start to prepare your body for the journey abroad. As a result, it will help you to become more accustomed for when you land, depending on what time of day you arrive.
3. Consider your oxygen levels and self-care options to help thwart jet lag.
In essence, jet lag is fatigue and tiredness due to a change in time zone. It also has to do with the time of the day your body thinks it is. You can resolve this by taking care of yourself.
For example, you could improve your oxygen levels by breathing deeply and getting out in the fresh air. Try to take walks and get out in nature so that your body can prepare.
Other self-care options could include drinking more water and avoiding alcohol. Also, try not to eat too much food, which can leave you feeling full and bloated, only to encourage those fatigue feelings.
4. Once you arrive, adjust yourself to the destination’s time zone immediately.
When you arrive, it is so easy to fall into the trap of giving in to your tired feelings. However, when you do arrive, try and get yourself adjusted to the timezone right away.
It’s tempting to go straight to bed, no matter what the time is. But resist that temptation! Instead, you should seize the day and try to muscle on through.
It will help you to get back on track with your day and start enjoying your holiday without wasting time.
5. Step into the sunlight and make the most of natural light to avoid jet lag.
Finally, natural light and vitamin D can be so good for you! Plus, they are a great way to beat the blues of honeymoon jet lag. Getting outside in the fresh air and feeling the sun on your skin or just generally enjoying the daylight can help to avoid feeling fatigued.
Try and follow the sun pattern of where you’re honeymooning. When it’s light, be awake and active, and when it’s dark, try to rest at a normal bedtime for that location.
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JackieExcellent tips for avoiding jet lag for brides or anyone. The struggle is real! I hadn’t thought of setting my watch ahead before landing, or starting to adjust to an earlier bedtime routine – those both make perfect sense. And, I love the fresh air and sunshine, so that will come naturally. I will try all of these tips on my next trip east, for sure!
UmikoOne thing I realized, the older I get, the harder the jet-lag is. I just back from Indonesia and the country is 12 hours ahead of CST. When we went there, we arrived around midnight and went straight to sleep. I woke up in the morning and couldn’t function at all. I went out and about, but my mind was blank. I didn’t know dates, times, etc. It took 2 weeks to adjust. Usually it’s a week. 😬
Ossama AlnuwaiserYou offer some amazing tips to adjust and cope with jet lag. Not just for the honeymoon, but for everybody. I usually try to keep myself awake and sleep at night in their time zone. This way my sleep adjusts to it. Sometimes, you feel too tired to do it if you arrive at noon or early in the morning, so the exercise might tire you more. I can see going out in the sunlight and breathing exercises are in alternative to it. Well, put.
Linda (LD Holland)Sadly as I get older I find that jet lag hits me harder and longer. We not plan some time on our travels to get over the worst of jet lag. Travelling in certain directions are worse for me. And even if I try to move to the new time zone, it often does not help much. Avoiding bed before the normal bed time in the new time zone is something we try to do. Good to follow the sun.
Maria VelosoThe advice you provided will undoubtedly help honeymooners cope with jet lag and enjoy their time together more. Indeed, all travelers can benefit from your advice, not just couples on their honeymoon. Thanks for providing these suggestions!
PaulaThese are great tips! Jet lag can be so bad sometimes and effect on your vacation. My tip is always to try to avoid naps. They can really set your body thinking you are still at your old time zone.
ClariceAppreciate these tips! Thank you so much for sharing them. It is actually very timely since we’re taking a long-haul flight. Will keep in mind to step into the sunlight and make the most of natural light.
NicoleThese are so helpful. I definitely need to do this on our honeymoon. We are heading to the southern hemisphere and will be a tricky one. I tried sleeping on the plane but it never seems to help I think a couple of extra days where I can adjust my sleep pattern before might be the best bet for me to try next.