How to Deal with Jet Lag when Traveling
Jet lag is terrible. It makes you sleepy in the morning, wide awake at night, and tired all the time. But what causes it?
Why Does Jet Lag Happen?
There is only one condition for jet lag to happen: you must cross time zones. That does things to your circadian rhythm—or, as it’s called, your biological clock. Basically, think of your body as having an internal clock. Everybody’s body has it. Have you ever noticed how sometimes, even if you forget to set your alarm, you wake up more or less at the same time as you do every day?
That is because your body is used to waking up after a particular stretch of time. We mean, there was a time when humans functioned without alarms and cocks to wake them up, right? That was because of their biological clocks.
So let’s say you leave New York and arrive in France. You left New York at 6 pm and arrived in France at 9 am. The clocks around you say it’s afternoon, but your body thinks you’re still in New York and that it’s 3 am right now. Your body wants to sleep—but your business partners in France have already had their croissants and coffee for breakfast.
How to Recover from Jet Lag
People who travel frequently have little difficulty getting over jet lag since they have had it so many times, and their bodies have adjusted to the varying time zones. They have trained their biological clocks to accept the out-of-whack schedule as completely normal.
That’s one thing you can do, too, of course. But it wouldn’t work if you don’t travel too frequently.
We think one of the additional things that you can do is adjust to your new time zone as quickly as possible. If you are going to Paris, and you know that it will be morning when you get there, then make sure you manage your sleep better. Make sure you have had enough sleep on the way so that you don’t have to sleep when you get there.
Be prepared for the new time zone: that’s one way of getting over it.
Traveling Between Cities in the US?
If you are traveling between cities in the US, such as if you’re going from Boston to Atlanta or Austin to Washington DC, then you don’t have to worry all that much about jet lag. The time zones between US cities do vary, but not as drastically as they do when you travel to a different country.
Additionally, you can book your hotel rooms and luggage storage services in advance to adjust better to the new time zone. Cubby is one baggage storage service provider that has services in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Galveston, Fort Worth, Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and San Antonio.