Sometimes jet lag makes the struggle all too real when you get back home from vacation, but there are things you can do to lessen its effects. Bounce back quicker after your next trip, with the following tips:
1. Start readjusting to your normal sleep schedule before getting back.
Jumping from one time zone to another can keep you from getting a good night's rest when you get back home. Adjust your sleep cycle on the last couple of nights of your vacation to match your regular sleep schedule as closely as you can.
2. Keep up with your exercise routine.
Sticking with your exercise routine might be the last thing you want to do on vacation, but your workout will help tire you out, making it easier to get some rest when it's time for bed.
3. Choose a red eye flight.
Sleep on the plane and wake up in your destination's time zone. If you don't get a good night's sleep on the plane, the first day back can be rough, but it'll be easier adjusting to your destination's schedule.
4. Bring a pillow and ear plugs.
With turbulence, announcements from the flight crew, and so many people around you, sleeping during your flight isn't always easy. Bring the essentials in making your flight as comfortable as possible. Be sure to bring a pillow with you, as well as a pair of earplugs to block out disturbing noises. An extra sweater is also a good idea.
5. Spend time outdoors when you arrive.
Spending too much time lounging indoors can get you to start feeling tired way ahead of schedule. When you're already feeling sluggish after traveling, you might get the urge to go to bed much sooner than you had planned to. Natural light can help keep you energized throughout the day, making it easier to stay awake until it's time for bed.