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  • I've got Christi from Backpacking Bananas with me here today.

  • And we are going to talk about how to beat jet lag when you're traveling internationally.

  • Kick its butt, jet lag!

  • We've got another video over on Christi's channel that is about how to survive these long-haul flights.

  • So, I'll give you guys the link to that in a little bit.

  • So, you can start to combat jet lag before you even get on the plane.

  • What I usually do is try to adjust my sleeping schedule about a few days before we even take off.

  • For example, like, if you're coming over to London from the UK [sic], then obviously, we're a few hours ahead.

  • So, start getting up earlier and going to bed earlier so you are starting to adjust your sleep schedule.

  • Even if it's halfway there, and then you can do the other half the other side of the trip; it will just make it so much easier.

  • It's absolutely vital once you're on the flight that you get as much sleep as possible.

  • It's never easy to sleep on a flight, and so, the more sleep you get, the less you're gonna need when you get off.

  • For me, I don't think that that necessarily will stop you from sleeping when you get off the plane, but yeah, just get as much as you can.

  • It's a hard thing to do, but the more you get, the better you're gonna feel.

  • Here's how I try to get as much sleep as possible.

  • First of all, I make sure that I drink as much water as I can, but also not too much water because otherwise I'm gonna have to get up and pee every five seconds.

  • Which is not good, especially if you don't have an aisle seat.

  • Um, yeah, climbing over people is not the most convenient thing to do on a flight.

  • I used to try to make sure I had a glass of wine with dinner when I was on flights because I thought it would help me sleep.

  • But actually, it makes me feel worse.

  • And part of the reason is that when you have alcohol, it affects your ability to go into

  • now, I'm not sure how technically correct I'm saying this, but into your REM cycle,

  • I think, so essentially, it affects you being able to get as deep of sleep as possible.

  • So, you wanna have deep sleep because that's when you're going to feel as rested as possible on the other side.

  • So, having alcohol is actually⏤I would avoid it because you might not get as good of sleep as you would've hoped.

  • Another thing that will really help you sleep is to avoid electronic screens.

  • The blue light in them really makes it much more difficult for you to sleep.

  • But instead...

  • You can read a book, or I like to read a kindle because you can turn the light down really low on it.

  • And also you don't have to turn that overhead light on and annoy everybody else.

  • Oh, so annoying.

  • - Don't do that! - I know.

  • Podcasts are really good, too, because can listen to relaxing ones, you can listen to entertaining ones.

  • But you can essentially close your eyes and not have to watch any of those screens.

  • Whatever you feel like listening to at that time.

  • Consider taking a sleeping pill.

  • Have you ever done that before?

  • I think I have, on a long-haul flight to Australia.

  • - I fall asleep pretty easily, though. - Right!

  • - But they do work very well for people who don't fall asleep very easily. - Yeah, that's... that's how I am.

  • I really struggle to sleep, so I try to do it as little as possible.

  • But if I have a really long flight that I must be somewhat awake for at the other end, then sometimes I'll take, like, half of a sleeping pill.

  • Just to give me that little bit of edge to finally actually fall asleep and stay asleep a little bit longer than I usually would.

  • Do be careful with sleeping pills, though, because you can get into quite a dangerous cycle of...

  • If you take it too late on in your flight, and then you have to get off but it's still kicked in.

  • - You're just so drowsy you can't even function. - Yes.

  • So, just make sure you take it at the right time where it will only be on the flight that you're gonna fall asleep.

  • Some of my essentials for being able to sleep on a flight are eye covers to block out the light, warm fuzzy socks, because it is actually scientifically proven that if your feet are cold, it's much harder to fall asleep.

  • I also, if I can fit it into my carry-on, bring an extra blanket.

  • - I always do this. No. - Yeah, it really helps so much because those little blankets on the plane, they don't do anything, really.

  • And also, you don't always get a blanket on the plane.

  • Especially if it's a short-haul flight, they don't tend to give you blankets, but you'll still get cold!

  • Essentially, if you bring that, it's just going to help you to stay warmer and also just be cozier, and that's gonna help you sleep, too.

  • And then probably the hardest part about dealing with jet lag is once you arrive to your destination and you have to stay awake that first day.

  • Yes. Coffee!

  • I never used to drink coffee.

  • But, um, since going on all these long-haul flights and doing so much travel you're going to have to stay awake at times, which your body's not prepared for, and coffee is a really good way of doing that.

  • I usually drink tea just 'cause I'm not really a big coffee drinker.

  • But doing anything pretty much that just avoids you sitting down or laying down is your best bet.

  • - So, like, take a shower, change into fresh clothes⏤ - Take a walk.

  • Takeoh, walks are perfect for that because then you can go and explore.

  • But, like, you're still keeping yourself awake.

  • And expose yourself to the daylight.

  • Don't just stay in whatever dark room that you're in.

  • Your body will adjust so much easier if you're going with the daylight that's... that's out.

  • And then, essentially, just keeping yourself awake as long as you can.

  • At least make sure it's, like, nighttime I guess, like you said, and then you can go to bed.

  • And it's gonna take a couple of days, but the first day is always the hardest.

  • - It is. - Once you get to the first day, it'll be way easier.

  • Sometimes you're like, "I cannot get through this," but you will!

  • You'll get through it; it's going to be alright.

  • Okay, so, those are all of our tips for beating jet lag when you're traveling internationally.

  • - Over on Christi's channel, we've recorded a video about how to survive... - How to survive... how to survive a long-haul flight.

  • So, beating jet lag is just the beginning.

  • And we're gonna cover entertainment, things to keep you entertained on the flight, just some general tips, and also everything that you need to bring.

  • And make sure you go subscribe to Backpacking Bananas as well becausewhat can we find there?

  • Loads of backpacking tips, loads of budgeting tips, Follow-Me-Around vlogs everywhere that I go...

  • I'm a little bit weird, so if you like that, then go subscribe to my channel.

  • So, click here to have a watch of the video that we've done together.

I've got Christi from Backpacking Bananas with me here today.

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How to Beat Jet Lag

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    Vivian Chen posted on 2019/07/02
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