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You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing for the flight
- Plenty of water
- A pair of sunglasses
Prepare your body
Prepare your body for the new time zone by adjusting your schedule an hour or two earlier -- or later -- in the days just before the trip.
About four days before your trip, consume less fat, salt, caffeine, and sugar, and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Travelers on a typical American diet -- protein-heavy breakfasts, high-carb dinners -- tend to have a harder time sleeping at their destinations.
If at all possible, try to fly west instead of east. It’s easier for the body to extend the day than to shorten it, so traveling west is easier to adjust to.
Set your watch
Set your watch as soon as you board the plane for your destination’s time zone. Try to pretend that it is already that time and act accordingly--if it’s the middle of the night in your destination, try to fall asleep as soon as possible.
Wear comfortable clothing on the plane. Tight clothing will reduce circulation and cause discomfort, interfering with your ability to sleep.
Don't consume caffeine or alcohol
Don’t consume any caffeine or alcohol in flight. They’ll just dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep patterns. Drink lots of water instead.
Wear sunglasses during the last few hours of an overnight flight and for the first several hours after getting off the plane. Researchers have found that this helps people adjust their body clocks by altering their light patterns.
Resist the urge to nap upon arrival. Instead, try to get some exercise and some exposure to sunlight to stave off sleep until your normal bedtime.