Jetlag: The underestimated danger
Many drivers underestimate the risks of driving under the influence of jet lag. They pick up the hire car after a long-haul flight and hit the road immediately.
This can have fatal consequences, as the body and mind need a few days to adjust to the new time zone. We’ve put together a few tips for dealing with jet lag.
Take your time
Give your body a few days to adjust to the new time zone. Rather, explore the city near your destination airport first and only then drive off in a hire car.
ignore time shift
If you are only spending a short time in the foreign time zone and need to get to an appointment right away, it may be advisable to forgo a changeover altogether.
Go at a time when it is broad daylight in our latitudes and also schedule your appointment at a time that is familiar to you. Then you will be much fitter and more rested than if you try with all your might to adapt to the new time.
Convert at home
Another option is to adjust to the new time zone while still at home. Simply go to bed correspondingly later or earlier to try to get into the time rhythm of the destination country before you fly.
If you change time zones frequently, it may be a good idea to take appropriate medication to help with the change. Consult your doctor before traveling.
No alcohol and little coffee
Stimulating drinks like coffee or alcohol make it harder for your body to adjust to the new time zone. Keep consumption to a minimum for the first few days.
The quickest way to get into the rhythm of your destination is to get up early in the morning and not go to bed until the evening.
You should avoid a midday nap for the first few days.
Spend as much time outdoors as possible in the early days. The sun’s rays inhibit the production of melatonin. This is a sleep hormone that causes drowsiness.
When in your destination country, immediately change your clock and avoid constantly calculating what time it is back home. This way, you’ll trick your body a bit and get into the rhythm of your host country faster.
Enjoy their breakfast as well as their lunch and dinner.
Avoid eating a meal outside of the host country’s regular meal times.
This is the quickest way for the body to adjust.