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How to Arrive Not Looking Jetlagged

Hopping on a plane to cross time zones is always a good idea, but it can take its toll on the constant jet-setter, especially for those traveling for business a few times a month. Your body's internal clock may take several days to catch up to that leap, leaving you groggy or sleepy during the day with insomnia at night. Jetlag can also cause confusion, hunger, and general irritability, making it hard to take care of business. Fortunately, there are some easy things to do to get ready for your flight that will minimize symptoms of jet lag. Practice these travel trends, and you'll be moving and grooving in no time.
1. Plan ahead and adjust your internal clock. A few days before your trip, gradually adjust your sleep schedule to the time zone of your destination. Experts recommend going to sleep one hour earlier each day per time zone traveled.
2. Opt for overnight flights. For those on longer flights, taking the red-eye will make the transition as seamless as possible. It will be easier to sleep on the plane so that when you arrive at your final destination, you can follow your regular schedule. This is the best way to reset your clock.
3. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you're in the air—even if you don't feel thirsty. The low humidity inside an airplane dries everyone out, leaving you sluggish. Yes, you may be running to the bathroom a few times, but it will be worth it. It also helps to carry moisturizing lotion and lip balm to feel refreshed.
4. Limit alcohol and caffeine inflight. To stay hydrated, passengers should avoid or limit their alcohol and caffeine consumption while on the plane. Plus, changes in passenger's altitude can quicken the effects of alcohol (one drink in the air is the same as two or three on the ground). Even though a cocktail may relax you, it can worsen symptoms of jet lag. Just don't overdo it.
5. Try to sleep on the plane. Even if you aren't taking the red-eye flight, it is important to get rest to lessen your jetlag symptoms. Traveling is exhausting, and the more rest your body gets en-route, the better you will feel. So, get comfy, recline your seat, bring an eye mask, and ask the flight attendant for a blanket and pillow to help you get some zzz's.
6. Get outside. Finally, spend as much time as you can in the sunlight when you arrive. Sunshine will help your body reset its natural time clock to coincide with your new surroundings.