Victor catches up with high-performance specialist Hintsa for their top five tips on how to give jetlag the heave-ho.
As an industry-leader in the rarefied field of human high-performance, Hintsa counts many of the world’s top sportspeople, business gurus and entrepreneurs as clients. One of its earliest is two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen, and the company continues to maintain strong links with motor-racing: four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel is just one of the drivers Hintsa helps to achieve his best by using a winning combination of telematics and a super-personal approach.
Like Hintsa, Victor also believes that a hi-tech, hi-touch model gets the best results – watch out for the exclusive interview with founder Dr Aki Hintsa in the upcoming issue of Victor magazine. In the meantime, the company’s Science & Development Director James Hewitt shares his top five tips for avoiding jetlag below.
1. Sleep well before your trip
Sleep quality on planes is generally low, so try to be as well rested as you can before you fly to minimise the negative impact of poor sleep while travelling.
Start shifting your personal clock slightly towards the destination time zone a few days in advance.
2. Pack helpful travel accessories
Improve sleep quality in the air with comfortable clothing, an eye mask, ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones, and compression socks.
Request healthy meals to be served at your regular mealtimes.
3. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol
Drink plenty of water when you’re on board, and avoid alcohol – it affects your sleep and recovery negatively.
4. Sleep according to the destination time zone
Aim to sleep as per the destination time zone – when you’re not sleeping, remember to walk around and stretch during the flight.
5. Pay attention to light exposure and meal timing
Correctly-timed light exposure speeds up the resynchronization of your body clock in the new time zone (some high-performance individuals like F1 drivers try to avoid seeing light in their destination when it’s still nighttime at the place of departure).
Meal timing is also important: your internal body clock shifts slowly, and eating heavy meals when your body still thinks it’s nighttime can lead to digestive problems.
Aircraft are increasingly being manufactured to mitigate the effects of jet lag. Larger cabins and windows, and LED lights designed to mimic the sun’s natural glow, all help to maintain the body’s natural rhythms in an otherwise artificial environment.
The Bombardier Global 5000, the Dassault Falcon 7X, and the Gulfstream G-550 and G-650 are all equipped to reduce jet lag, while the Dassault Falcon 8X – which is starting to become available on the charter marketplace – is eagerly awaited, in part for the same reasons.
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