With the increasing non-stop flight capabilities of airliners, jet lag can be a real issue, and Airbus is offering suggestions on how passengers can deal with it.
At the dawn of modern air transportation, travelling long distances could take up to several days, allowing voyagers the opportunity to gradually adjust after arriving at distant destinations. Today, passengers can travel for thousands of kilometres in only a few hours, spanning different regions, countries and time zones – giving way to jet lag in the process.
To minimise jet lag and adapt to the new time zone as soon as possible, processes like falling asleep, getting up and eating should be adjusted according to the local time.
Certain foods influence the body clock. Carbohydrates – such as white rice, pasta, bread and potatoes – promote sleepiness; cherries contain melatonin, while bananas have sleep-inducing minerals, so both are good choices for an evening snack. In contrast, foods high in protein – such as meat, eggs, fish and beans – increase alertness. As a stimulant, caffeine is very effective, although it takes hours for the chemical to work its way out of the body’s system.
Some travellers also apply a variety of alternative methods for rejuvenating after a long flight. These include “earthing,” which involves going barefoot outdoors in a natural setting; flotation or isolation tanks; spas and massage; or cocktails of vitamins and probiotics.