Saturday, 27 February 2016

How to Cope with Jet Lag

Coping Jetlag
Jet lag is something which almost all passengers face while travelling. The number of people flying is increasing day by day. With globalisation taking place, business travel and tourism has increased. Considering this, Airlines have invested a lot on expanding their fleet. Aircraft manufacturers are launching new products for the same. These new planes are not only sophisticated, but also come with extra-long range. In the last 2 decades, airliners such as Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 were launched. These airliners have the capability to fly non-stop for 15-18 hours with lots of passengers.

It is thus very obvious that long flights would result in Jet Lags. Besides, the future plans of many carriers are to increase long haul routes. Recently, Emirates have started a non-stop 17 hours 25min flight from Dubai to Auckland on its Airbus A380. Qantas Airways operates its A380 from Dallas to Sydney, which is a 16 hour long flight.  Singapore Airlines has asked Airbus to deliver a long range version of the A350 to start a 19 hour non-stop flight from Singapore to New York in 2018. There are many such examples of very long flights, increasing Jet Lags. One positive thing may be that it eliminates multiple flights and stopovers.

Hence, in order to cope with Jet Lag, consider the following suggestions:

1.   Water: Make sure that you have at least 10 glasses of water on a 14-16 hour flight. It keeps your body hydrated throughout the flight.

2.    Walk: Take a round of the cabin every hour. You may stretch your arms and legs by this. Always look for an aisle seat as it gives you the convenience to get up whenever required.

3.    In-seat Exercises: There are many exercises that you can do while seated. They encourage healthy blood circulation.

4.   Sleep: Make sure that you sleep for at least 4 hours. Go to sleep as soon as the first round of catering is over, because long flights have 3 or 4 rounds of catering at a gap of 3-4 hours. Hence you will not be interrupted during your sleep.

5.    Entertainment: The Entertainment systems present on every airliner today, makes it easier for you to pass time.

6.    Avoid stopovers: If you are on a long journey; make sure you have either 1 or no stopover. It may be tiring getting in and out again and again.

Economy Class
The above suggestions will help you in coping with Jet Lag. Besides, there is something more which may be tried. As you know that the Airbus A380 is the biggest passenger plane in the sky today, try to book yourself on it. This is because A380s have wider seats and aisles in all classes. It is hence much more comfortable than others. While booking your tickets, you will find a column- “Type of Aircraft”, see if it displays “A380” in it. Presently, there are only 19 airlines having them. Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Qantas and Singapore Airlines have the largest fleets of A380s. It will just add some more comfort to your trip.


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