How to Beat Jetlag: The Expert Way

High-performance consultants, Hintsa, use scientific rigour and a holistic approach to help everyone from F1 champions to global CEOs reach their peak. So to make sure you step off your jet at your best, we asked them for their top five jetlag-beating tips.

  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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol
    Drink plenty of water when you’re on board, and avoid alcohol – it affects your sleep and recovery negatively. 
  1. 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. 
  1. Pay attention to light exposure and meal timing
    Correctly-timed light exposure speeds up the resynchronisation 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 night-time 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 night-time can lead to digestive problems.

Flying by private jet with Victor means stress-free travel with minimal check-in times and your own space and privacy. With Victor you can even access aircraft that have been designed with beating jetlag in mind. Here are Victor’s top aircraft picks: The Bombardier Global 5000, the Dassault Falcon 7X and Dassault Falcon 8X, and the Gulfstream G-550 and G-650 – with larger cabins and windows, and LED lights designed to mimic the sun’s natural glow, which all help to maintain the body’s natural rhythms in an otherwise artificial environment.

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