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How business travelers beat jet lag

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:36:33 AM

For business travelers crossing multiple time zones before hopping in their airport car rental, jet lag can be a very real problem. Left “untreated,” it can lead to fatigue, confusion and irritability, none of which you'll have time for as you sprint from meeting to meeting. To avoid jet lag and have a successful business trip, follow these tips:

Change your sleep routine
It's a good idea to modify your body clock a few days prior to your business trip. Change your sleep schedule to match what it will be once you reach your destination. Wake up and go to sleep a few hours earlier if you're traveling east, or later if you're traveling west. Once you reach your destination, don't sleep any longer than you would at home.

Stay hydrated
Drink lots of water and stay away from alcohol, soda and other caffeinated beverages before and during your flight. Dehydration can intensify the effects of jet lag, and commonly occurs due to the dry, recycled airplane cabin air.

Expose yourself to daylight
The natural cycle of daylight can be a huge help in setting your internal body clock, so if you're stuck in meetings all day try to sit near a window and let as much light in as possible. Making sure you have plenty of exposure to daylight will help you adapt to the new time zone more quickly.

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