A long-haul flight is the gateway to the exotic holiday of your dreams, but in itself the journey is hardly exotic.
From limited legroom in economy to passengers reclining their seats and the joys of airport queueing, there are many obstacles standing in the way of your vacation.
Finally getting there only to be struck down with a dreaded case of jet lag only sets you back even further.
But there are steps you can take to minimise the effects of jet lag to maximise the enjoyment of your holiday.
Express.co.uk has consulted sleep experts Hastens and Bensons for Beds for their top tips on solving the time zone dilemma once and for all.Related articles
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How to overcome Jet Lag
GETTYJet lag cure: Sleep experts have shared their top tips on beating the time zone dilemmaHastens
How to overcome jet lag in one day:Change your sleep routine a few days before your departure. If you are travelling east try to get to bed earlier. Establish a new routine. Go to sleep at the correct times for your new time zone. Spend a lot of time in daylight. Try to use daylight as much as possible as this has a positive effect on your biological clock. Exercise regularly. Exercising helps the body generate sedative substances in the blood and produces a deeper sleep, helping you to wake up feeling rested. However, don’t exercise too close to bedtime as it may make it harder fall asleep when you are not fully relaxed.
GETTYJet lag cure: Long-haul flights mess with your body clock which makes you drowsy
Jet lag is caused by the confusion between your internal body clock and the local time when you travel quickly between two or more time zones
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