As much as we love to travel, it isn't without pitfalls. For us Aussies, living on the other side of the planet from popular destinations like Europe, America or the UK means we also suffer greatly from jet lag. Here are our tips to get your body back on track.
HOLD THE BOOZE
We don't want to sound like a teetotaler, because one of the best things about flying internationally is the free alcohol. But really, unless you're flying at the front of the plane the champagne and wine on offer isn't exactly top shelf. Your body will naturally dehydrate due to the dry air so by guzzling a few glasses of vino only adds to your dehydration and make you feel gross when you step off the plane - and we're aiming for A-lister style here.
Do however keep up your water intake as much as possible. Even herbal teas such a peppermind, chamomile and green tea are a great options. The only annoying thing is of course having to make frequent trips to the toilet so if you can, book an aisle seat.
STAY ON AUSSIE TIME FOR SHORT TRIPS
If you’re only going away to areas such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand who are only 2-3 hours tiem different, if you can, try and stay on Australian time. It does mean for some potentially anti-social hours as you'll be up earlier and going to bed earlier but it will make your return home so much easier, especially if you're travelling for work and need to get back into our office hours as soon as possible.
PUSH THROUGH AND GET SOME SUNSHINE
So this is where it can get tough. If you can, as soon as you get to your hotel, resist to urge to curl up in the comfy bed and 'rest your eyes for 5 mins'. Becuase before you know it, it's 8 hours later and you're bleery eyed, searching for your phone to see just how many hours you slept!
Jet lag hates sunshine, daylight, fresh air and exercise. So get outside and get moving. Your body will fight you but stand firm! Force your body to adjust to the local time.
To keep awake you may need some additional stimulates ie. coffee. And let's be honest, we're spoilt for choice with our coffee here in Australia and in many countries it can be a struggle to get your espresso hit. Luckily there are other options for an energy boost such as green tea, turmeric and ginseng which naturally increase your enery levels.
Movement and exercise is the best medicine after a long-haul flight, especially for the over-night flights where your blood can naturally pool in your lower extremities due to little movement. Again, if you're in business or first class (we can dream...) you probably won’t have this problem.
If you're flying economy make sure you get up and move around during the flight - another incentive to drink of water as it forces you to get out of your seat! And then as soon as you land, keep moving. Not only does exercise not get your blood pumping, it also releases feel-good hormones which may help whisk away the drowsy and post holiday blues (if you're on a return flight).