Jumping between time zones has its perks—seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, meeting new people—but it also has one extreme downside, and if you’re a frequent traveler you probably know it all too well: jet lag.
You’ve just touched down in London and it’s a beautiful sunny morning, but you can’t enjoy it. The sun stings your eyes and all you want to do is crawl into your hotel bed and sleep awhile—because it’s 4AM back home. But guess what? The situation isn’t hopeless. There are a lot of ways to rewind your body clock and adjust to the time change in a smooth and painless fashion, so you can get the most out of your trip. If you take advantage of these quick and dirty tips, you’ll spend less time in bed, groggy and out of sorts and more time making eyes at Big Ben.
Adjust your schedule before you leave.
According to Lifehacker, most people have a harder time traveling east than west, “When you travel east-to-west, your body clock needs to be delayed so you wake up and go to bed later. This is a lot easier for us to adjust to than advancing our body clock when we travel west-to-east.”
If you attempt to advance or delay your body clock gradually during the weeks before your trip, you will make the adjustment faster when you arrive and overall easier on your body, reducing the effects of jet lag.