(Common sense alert ) Drink lots of fluid. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10 to 20 percent — much lower than the typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent (2).
I personally LOVE the fact that alcohol is provided on long-haul flights. There’s just something about sipping a glass of red wine while you are 30,000 feet in the air! But the hangover that can hit you when you land isn’t very fun either. So drink A LOT of water. You’ll feel fresh and alert if you’re hydrated when you land at your destination.
Set your watch to the time at your destination. This is a mind trick but it tends to work. Do this as soon as you get on the plane. If it’s evening in your destination, then settle in and try to relax and sleep. If it is morning, then do your best to stay awake. (I watch movies because the light keeps me awake). When you land you will already be adjusted to the timezone. This is probably one of the most effective ways to adjust your body clock and prevent jet lag.
Try a homeopathic jet lag prevention pill. I personally like the company ‘No-Jet-Lag’ from New Zealand. It contains 5 homeopathic remedies effective in countering the effects of jet lag (3). Follow the instructions on the packet and take during the flight.
Try melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in our brain. It helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Small amounts are found in meats, grains, etc, however, you can also purchase this as a supplement (4).
Melatonin helps you fall asleep so take this at bedtime to help your body clock adjust to the appropriate time schedule.