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Travel Tip: Peter Greenberg’s Tactic for Beating Jet Lag

Image Credit: Stephanie Ervin

Image Credit: Stephanie Ervin

Taking any long haul flights in the near future?

Chances are you’re either worried about or anticipating jet lag.

People always ask me about it, and I tell them I never get jet lag.

But before you hate me, let me tell you what works for me.

I don’t do any jet lag diets. I take no medications.

Once I get on the plane, I eat very little airline food, other than fruit and cheese.

No alcohol—either bottled still or sparkling water.

Twice during the flight I get up and walk around the cabin.

If I want to work on the plane, I do. If I want to sleep, I do.

And then the key is what I do when I arrive.

No matter what time the plane lands, no matter how long the flight, I eat lightly, especially at lunch.

I push myself to stay up until midnight local time.

Do not succumb to the temptation to take that afternoon nap.

If you do, no one will see you—including you—for 24 hours.

The first night I might only get five hours sleep, but the second night I cycle totally, and I repeat this process on the return flight.

Again, no guarantees that this will work for you, but it’s worth a try.

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