Jet Lag: the blackhole your time and mind goes into after a 12-hour flight and a 15 hour time difference. But after 5 (holy crap 5?!!) of these flights to-and-from the USA and Japan, I think I’ve finally figured out the fool-proof formula.
- Do as the straight-edge kids do, do NOT drink alcoholic drinks within 24 hours of that flight, my friend. I’m not being a fun-suck. The dehydration will kill you. I know it’s quite hard to resist the fact that you can get free drinks on international flights, but trust me, it’s not worth it. However, do drink all the other drinks (Not soda, again, come on, guys!). Seriously, drink water continuously. An international flight attendant reccommended to me to drink a cup of water for every hour you’re on a flight. I’d say double or triple that, and you’re golden.
- Except that also means you better be on your game and get an aisle seat, because you’re going to have to be getting up to relieve yourself. But that’s perfectly fine, because you’ll feel better if you get up and walk around for a bit every hour or so anyways.
- Aisle vs. window seat: An age-old battle. (Because literally no one wants the middle seat.)
- There are many arguments that can be made for the window seat, although I am a proponent of the aisle. In my formula, you need an aisle seat because you’re not going to want to sleep all that much on the flight, though it is tempting.
- You shoud fly out in the morning — going from America to your long destination. This way I was able to fly out at about 10 a.m. (had a connecting flight) and get there at about 3:30 p.m. But what if I just want to sleep the whole flight, you’re saying?
- DON’T DO IT. DON’T SLEEP THE FLIGHT. Trust me you’re doing more harm than good. You just screwed up you sleep cycle, and you’re going to feel like a crazy, cotton-mouthed, dehydrated person when you set foot on land again. This isn’t land battle, you don’t fight fire with fire, you fight no water … with water… I digress. If you take a morning flight and take a mere nap on the plan, you’ll be getting to your destination (on your time) late but not crazy late — anywhere in the realm of midnight-3 a.m. — you can handle that.
- In that case, you must force yourself to eat everything on the plan. Just take in the nutrients. Take in all you can.
- Luckily, there are tons of movies and shows (assuming you are on any major flight) you can wath to keep you occupied. I seriously watched like 30 episodes of HBO — “Silicon Vally and The Comeback.” Side note: I’d highly reccomend both shows.
- Then when you land, eat a meal and force yourself to stay up to a reasonable bed time — 7-8 p.m.
- Wake up the next morning feeling fresh and fine and like you didn’t just travel half way around the world 🙂 !!!!