Business travelers visiting the Big Apple do not always time to recover from a long flight before it’s time to deliver peak performance. Knowing how to overcome jet lag quickly ensures you’re feeling mentally and physically on point when you meet with your clients.
What is Jet Lag?
Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that occurs after you have traveled across multiple time zones. Air travel disrupts your circadian rhythm, also known as your ‘body clock’, which tells your body when to wake up and go to sleep. It usually takes a day or two to adjust to the new time zone, but some people may experience lingering symptoms.
Being out of synchronization with the local time is inconvenient for anyone, but especially for business travelers to NYC who have clients to meet and productivity goals to reach.
The farther you travel, the worse your symptoms can be. In addition, the symptoms of jet lag are generally worse when you are traveling west to east. So, if you’re traveling from the west coast to NYC, you can generally expect it to take a day or two to get accustomed to the time zone.
Symptoms of jet lag include…
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Digestive changes
How Business Travelers can Overcome Jet Lag Quickly
Ideally, planning to arrive in New York City a day or two in advance will give you some buffer to work with. This extra time can help absorb any travel delays as well as provide the opportunity to start getting accustomed to the new timezone. Unfortunately, this isn’t always an option for everyone.
Overcoming jet lag quickly takes some planning in advance of your trip. While it may not be possible to prevent jet lag, you can certainly reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.
Before you go…
- Adjust your bedtime: Move your usual bedtime an hour or two (depending on where you are going) a couple of days before your trip. This will help you adjust to the time in your destination faster.
- Choose a flight that works with your schedule: If you’re a morning person, a red-eye flight might be perfect for you if you can sleep on the plane. If you’re an evening person, however, a morning flight could make your jet lag symptoms even worse. Pick a flight that works with your natural body clock.
- Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol: While caffeine can give you a jolt to get moving for an early morning flight, resist the temptation to grab your usual second or third cup so you can get some shut eye on the plane. Alcohol, meanwhile, can take the edge off of the stress of travel, but it can also impair your ability to get some sleep in transit.
- Consider a nap: A nap can help you feel refreshed when you get to your destination, especially if you didn’t sleep well the night before.
When you arrive…
- Exercise or stay active: Whether you hit the hotel gym or take a walk around town, staying active can help you stay awake and alert, helping you adjust to the local time zone faster.
- Think in local time: Reset your watch and phone when you get to your destination and think about time in terms of what the clock says, not what your body is telling you – a classic case of ‘mind over matter’.
- Stick to your usual schedule in the new time zone: While your usual bedtime might seem impossibly far away when you’re exhausted, sticking it out will help your body clock reset faster.
- Take a shower: If you’re feeling sluggish, a cool or cold shower may help you stay awake long enough to get to lights out time in the new time zone.
- Stay in the sunlight as much as possible: Staying in the sun can help your circadian rhythm adjust to the new time zone more quickly and reduce the length of your jet lag symptoms.
- Leave your work at the office: While this might not be possible for everyone, it’s a good idea to try to relax and unwind when you get back to your hotel room. Thinking about work will keep your mind awake and can make it difficult to get to sleep.
- Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol: Although caffeine can help you get through the day, drinking a cup too late can cause sleeplessness. Alcohol can be helpful when it comes to unwinding, but a few drinks too many can affect the quality of your sleep.
- Consider an Energy Boost IV: An Energy Boost IV can help rehydrate and reinvigorate you after a long trip, as well as improve your focus and concentration.
Overcome Jet Lag Quickly with IV Therapy Delivered to You at Your Hotel
Traveling by plane can be hard on your body between time changes, exposure to illness, and dehydration. Drip Hydration can help business travelers overcome jet lag quickly.
We offer an Energy Boost IV to combat jet lag and promote whole-body wellness. This formula contains a blend of vitamins and hydrating fluids that are designed to give your energy levels a boost naturally. An infusion of vitamin C also boosts your immune system and can help prevent you from getting ill.
Drip Hydration can deliver an Energy Boost IV directly to you at your hotel or office in NYC. The appointment generally takes between 30 – 45 minutes, during which time you can get work tasks done if desired. An energy boost IV can help you make the most of your business trip by promoting alertness and fending off fatigue.