How To Beat Jet Lag; The Jet Lag Pill?


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As I flew home on the red-eye yesterday I got to thinking about jet-lag and how I normally beat it. I’ve been known to book a hotel room in an airport hotel for a 5 hour lay over just to catch some sleep on a trip across the Atlantic. Some airport lounges like Lufthansa’s First Class Lounge have napping rooms for rent on an hourly basis and even better, some club lounges offer slumber rooms for members and premium travelers.

How To Beat Jet Lag; The Jet Lag Pill?

I find the usual suggestions work just fine for preventing jet-lag, like:

  • drinking lots of water
  • adapt your schedule before you leave
  • adapt to the new time when you arrive
  • try to sleep on the plane

How To Beat Jet Lag; The Jet Lag Pill?

But today, I read about a possible new solution, the jet lag pill. As reported by The Telegraph, the jet lag pill is an experimental drug that “has managed to synchronise blood cells in the body to effectively fool the body into thinking night is day and vice versa.”

“Scientists have invented a pill to reset the body clock and end the sleepless misery of millions,” which could really help travelers facing jet lag.

I don’t know about you, but I’m skeptical about any magic pill.

Bottom Line

My anti-jet lag strategy consists of sleeping on the plane as much as I can and then trying to adjust to the local time when I arrive vs. going to sleep right when I get there. What are your best strategies for beating jet lag? Would you consider this new jet lag pill if it was approved?

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