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Gwen O'Toole is the director of a boutique event management and creative services company, The Ideas Library. Visit www.TheIdeasLibrary.com.au
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You're finally home from your overseas holiday and now you're contending with the dreaded ‘jet lag’ experience.

You're home from your overseas trip and simply can't shake that lethargic feeling. Here's how to get over jet lag fast. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Clelia Serpico


Insomnia, headache, loss of appetite and general lethargy; every traveller who has crossed time zones has likely been there. And while it can take up to 24 hours for every time zone you crossed for your body clock to reset itself, there are a few things you can do to help your body adjust in the meantime.

Get some solid rest
The evening before your flight, make sure you get a solid night's sleep.



water glass
Drink plenty of water. Image credit: Freeimages.com/Jan Willem Geertsmen


Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is great advice at any time but it's even more important when you travel as long-haul flights can dehydrate you quickly. This also means that while your recovering from jet lag it's also best to ease up up (or eliminate) drinking alcohol as it can also dehydrate you faster.

Cleverly schedule flights
Booking flights that return home in the evenings make it easier to come home and head straight to bed. This can make a world of difference rather than struggling to stay awake all day.

Hold the coffee
Avoid drinking coffee to keep you awake when you arrive at your destination, it can make sleeping later more difficult.



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Grab a book and take it to bed to settle your mind before bedtime. Image Credit: Freeimages.com/Rodrigo Galindo


Read before bedtime
Take a book to bed with you and read to help your mind relax for a better night's sleep.

Go easy on yourself
When you arrive home, give yourself a day or two to relax and settle in if you can. Going back to work the next day or planning to have a full day on your return can really wreak havoc on your body clock.

While jet lag is often inevitable, especially after lengthy trips or long haul flights, following these tips can make it all just a little easier.

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Having had to fly constantly in my career, especially Internationally, I, fortunately, have the ability to sleep on an aircraft.

Be it 'bolt upright', to lying across 3 or 4 seats. I don't drink alcohol, do drink plenty of water, walk around the aircraft, wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, & shoes, with 'compression' long socks, & have one cup of coffee, with each meal, which I really enjoy.

On arrival at home, or a destination, I 'keep busy' until my normal bedtime, time adjusted.

Have never had jet lag over 45 years'.
Having had to fly constantly in my career, especially Internationally, I, fortunately, have the ability to sleep on an aircraft.

Be it 'bolt upright', to lying across 3 or 4 seats. I don't drink alcohol, do drink plenty of water, walk around the aircraft, wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, & shoes, with 'compression' long socks, & have one cup of coffee, with each meal, which I really enjoy.

On arrival at home, or a destination, I 'keep busy' until my normal bedtime, time adjusted.

Have never had jet lag over 45 years'.
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