When Jetlag Hits, Fight Back
If you take an overnight flight and don’t get much rest, don’t go to right sleep when you arrive at your destination. Instead, fight the urge and try to stay awake until at least 10 pm so you can get on local time as soon as possible. When I’m in this situation, I try to expose myself to as much natural light as possible by going for a long walk outside.
If I really need to sleep, I’ll take a quick nap—like for 10 minutes on a public bench outside when it’s warm (with my belongings safely in the hotel). If it’s cold and rainy, or if I’m just in my room, I don’t get under the covers for a nap—instead I catch some shut eye on top of the sheets and set an alarm. Getting under the cozy sheets always comes with the risk of sleeping all day—and ruining your schedule for the week—so don’t do it!
FYI: The walk above can be found in Prout’s Neck, Maine, which my sister and her husband visited last year.
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