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3 tips to avoid jet lag on international business trips

5/27/2014 9:57:09 AM

International business travel can be quite an exhausting endeavor not only because you need to arrange car rental services and hotel accommodations, but also because of the dreaded jet lag. Long-haul fliers can attest that during those mid-afternoon meetings in Tokyo or early-morning conferences in London, it can be incredibly difficult to stay awake. And nothing closes a deal better than a long, drawn-out snore, right? Just kidding. Here are a few tips to help you conquer your jet lag while on those international business trips:

  • Be like former president Ronald Reagan and manipulate your diet prior to a long-distance flight. Gorging on as much food as you can ingest one day, then fasting the following day can help your body better adapt to a change in meal times. 
  • NASA's fatigue expert Smith Johnston prefers to utilize light exposure to trick the body into adjusting prior to a trip. To accomplish this, wake up an hour earlier each morning a week before your trip then immediately turn on a bright light - whether it is natural sunshine or artificial bulbs. This will slow your body's melatonin production, which will help you to be more alert right after waking up. 
  • Staying hydrated can also help your body be more responsive to time zone changes. Drink a lot of water prior to your trip and you might find that staying awake during those meetings and conferences isn't much of a struggle at all - even if it is 3 a.m. in your home city. 

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