Thursday, July 12, 2018
Managing Jet Lag - Should You Sleep on the Flight?
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When traveling longer distances, individuals may struggle to adjust to a new time zone. One of the strategies that travelers often employ is sleeping during the flight, but this is not always the best option.
A behavioral sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago suggest that people use time on the plane to relax or work rather than sleep if it’s daytime at the destination city. The decision of whether or not to sleep largely depends on the duration of the flight and the direction of travel.
Ideally, individuals should prepare for jet lag by adjusting to the new time zone starting a few days before leaving. People usually sleep best in their own beds, so it can be helpful to make a gradual shift in sleep patterns before even setting foot on the plane. When flying west, individuals should push their bedtime later. Eastward travel requires an earlier bedtime to ease the adjustment.