Flying DIY – How to Beat Jetlag!

I used to fly a lot between Seoul, Korea and San Francisco so I know what it means to “jetlag”.  It’s a good 10-12 hour flight and I usually do couple things to help myself not become a victim to jetlag.

Some of these I read in magazine and some I devised myself:

  • If you are going to be landing near morning or afternoon, make sure you get some sleep.  I even advise to actually taking sleeping pills on the plane so you literally force yourself to sleep.  This way, you will still be a bit fresh and be able to stay awake until night falls.  The first day is probably the most important.  If you don’t stay up and sleep when you land, you will easily lose 2-3 days and get “jetlag”.
  • Now, if you are going to be landing near the nighttime, it might make sense to actually stay awake about 5-6 hours before you land.  You can still get some sleep, just don’t overdue it since you might want to fall asleep when you land.

Well, actually that’s pretty much it.  I think so long as you can adjust quickly to the new timezone you are landing at, you shouldn’t get “jetlag” the morning after.

Think simple, just try my method. 🙂

P.S. Really this is for flights longer than 3 hours so if your flight is shorter than that, I don’t think you will even get a jetlag even if you wanted one.

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