If your holiday travel plans include some exotic locations or even just a cross-country trip, chances are, you’ll be dealing with the inevitable disorientation that comes with time difference. The dreaded jet lag can wreak complete havoc on your holiday, causing you to oversleep and miss your exciting plans—or worse, prevent you from sleeping after a long day of sightseeing.
But thankfully, there’s something you can do about it—in fact, there are multiple things—and who better to help than women who travel for their careers all the time? We tapped into some of our favorite wellness experts—from nutritionists and holistic health counselors to busy, wellness-focused women who work in the industry—to give us the scoop on all things jet lag. So grab a cozy drink, put on your PJs, and pack your bags… your next vacation is as easy as one, two, three.
Stock up on natural forms of melatonin.
Lauren Slayton, nutritionist and founder of NYC-based nutrition service Foodtrainers, insists on incorporating natural forms of melatonin (the hormone that induces sleepiness) on the plane, in order to get adjusted to your new time zone.
“We provide our Foodtrainers’ clients with a Food First Aid Kit that contains wakaya ginger and walnuts,” she says. “Ginger is a natural source of melatonin, plus it’s anti-inflammatory and good for your immune system when you travel. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon of wakaya ginger in hot water both on the plane and when you land. Walnuts are another natural source of melatonin, so we have a ‘nutcase’ we fill with Old Dog Ranch walnuts for our clients.”
Exercise, exercise, exercise.
Our own editor-in-chief, Jessica Romm Perez, encourages not falling asleep in the afternoon or evening once you land after your long-haul flight. “Do something active—but not too ambitious—when you arrive at your destination,” she says. “Explore a great shopping neighborhood, take a short hike—no matter what, fresh air is essential.”
And if you land in the morning, Gabby Etrog Cohen, SVP of PR and Brand Strategy at popular spin studio SoulCycle, suggests something a little sweatier. “Whenever I take an early am flight, I try to hop on a SoulCycle bike as soon as I land,” she says. “It helps sweat the recycled plane air out of me and resets my day, especially if I’m traveling across time zones.”