How long does it take to get over jet lag?

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According to Diversity Traveller[1], jet lag is when your sleep pattern is disturbed after crossing through time zones, usually on a long-haul flight. People often get jet lag confused with feeling tired and dehydrated after a journey. You can recover from tiredness and dehydration by simply sleeping and drinking plenty water – that one’s a no brainer! Jet lag is a little more complex so it can affect your levels of alertness, appetite and sleep patterns.

According to a study published in 2007[2], Jet lag may require a change of three time zones or more to occur, though some individuals can be affected by as little as a single time zone or the single-hour shift to or from daylight saving time.

So let’s see how long does it take to get over jet lag! Recovering from jet lag mainly depends on the number of time zones crossed while travelling. In general, the body will adjust to the new time zone at the rate of one or two time zones per day. For example, if you crossed six time zones, the body will typically adjust to this time change in three to 6 days. Jet lag is temporary, so the prognosis is excellent and most people will recover within a few days.[3]

Here are some tips to reduce jet lag[4]

Before you arrive to the new timezone:

  • drink plenty of water
  • keep active by stretching and regularly walking around the cabin
  • try to sleep if it’s night time at your destination
  • use an eye mask and earplugs if they help you sleep

After you arrive to the new timezone:

  • change your sleep schedule to the new time zone as quickly as possible
  • set an alarm to avoid oversleeping in the morning
  • go outside during the day – natural light will help your body clock adjust

That’s it.

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* The above data is an average value.

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