When you travel by air, it can take one day to recover for every time zone that you pass through. If you fly from New York to California, that’s three time zones, so three days of jet lag. That’s a lot of days of lagging! Here’s some advice that’ll help you recover from jet lag more quickly…

As soon as you board the plane, pretend it’s whatever time it actually is at your destination. In other words, if you board the plane at 7 pm in New York and you’re headed for London where it’s 1 am, pull down your window shade or wear dark glasses and, if possible, go to sleep. If you board a plane late at night and it’s already daylight at your destination, force yourself to stay awake during the flight. Making believe that you’re already in the new time zone at the very start of your trip should help you acclimate more quickly. This seems like common sense, but it takes some discipline and clock watching to get the timing right.

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