- Crossing time zones - going east is usually worse than going west. People who have a regular routine are more apt to jet-lag.
- Your pre-flight condition - get a good night's sleep prior to departure and leave your stress behind.
- Dry atmosphere - try to drink a lot of water on board the plane as eople who are used to a humid environment can be negatively affected by changing into a dry atmosphere.
- Cabin Pressure
- Stale Air
- Alcohol - the impact of alcohol on the body is 2 - 3 times mre than when on the ground.
- Food and drink - don't drink really strong coffee, team or orange juice in flight if you aren't used to such drinks
- Lack of exercise
Argonne has come up with a diet that will help any traveler combat the effects of jet-lag. This diet is also being used to speed the adjustment of shiftworkers who are periodically subjected to rotating hours.
The diet was developed by Dr. Charles F. Ehret of Argonne's Division of Biological and Medical Research. Argonne National Laboratory is one of the US Department of Energy's major centers of research in energy and the fundamental sciences.
Without further ado...the secret on how to avoid jet lag......
1. Determine what the breakfast time will be on the day of arrival at your destination.
2. Feast - Fast - Feast - Fast: Start four days before breakfast time in Step #1.
On day one of the diet, feast; eat heartily with high-protein breakfast and lunch and a high-carb dinner. No coffee except between 3 and 5 p.m.
On day two of the diet: Fast on light meals of salads, light soups, fruits, and juices. Again, no coffee except between 3 and 5 p.m.
On day three of the diet: Feast again as you did on day one.
On day four: Fast again as on day two.
*If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them in the morning when you will be traveling west, or between 6 and 11 p.m. when you will be traveling east.
3. Break the final fast at your destination's breakfast time. No alcohol on the plane. If the flight is long enough, sleep until normal breakfast time at your destination, but no later.
Wake up and feast on a high protein breakfast. Stay awake and active. Continue the days meals according to the mealtimes at your destination.
What to eat during feasting and fasting times
Feast on high carb dinners to stimulate sleep. They include spaghetti and other pastas (no meatballs), crepes with no meat fillings, potatoes, other starchy vegetables, and sweet desserts.