After planning a wedding, most couples are more than ready to enjoy some downtime together on their honeymoon. However, the last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and miss the fun because you’re fighting jet lag. The modern traveler is well aware of the toll that global travel can take on the body. Even if you’re traveling halfway around the world, a little pre-honeymoon prep, and smart planning while you’re at your destination can let you enjoy your time.
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule
While you both might be busy with the wedding, as it approaches, you start thinking about what comes after. Give yourselves a head start by adjusting your sleep schedule several days in advance. Depending on your destination, that will mean incrementally moving your bedtime and wake time closer to the sleep schedule you will have while on your honeymoon. Start by either going to bed 30-60 minutes early or later and waking up accordingly. Adjust another 30-60 minutes the next day. While you might not be right on schedule when you arrive, you’ll be closer than you would have had you done nothing.
Change Your Meal Times
Your bodies use meal timing as a way to help set your sleep-wake schedule. Eat your meals 30-60 minutes earlier or later than usual to get you closer to the meal timing you’ll have while on your honeymoon. Try to keep your meals light and healthy to avoid feeling tired.
On The Plane
Airplanes are notorious for drying you out due to the constant circulation of air. Dehydration leaves you tired and listless. Try to drink eight ounces of water every house while you fly.
Whether or not you nap on the plane depends on your destination and the time of your flight. If you are arriving at your destination in the morning, sleep on the plane. You’ll be better prepared to stay active for the day if you’ve gotten some sleep. If you are arriving in the evening, skip the nap so you can doze when you get there.
Light helps set your sleep-wake cycle. To get adjusted to local time, spend as much time in natural light as possible. Move around and be active to help wear out your body. As it gets dark, your body should naturally start to release sleep hormones.
If your destination is far enough away, you might have to fall asleep when you’d normally be having lunch. Once it’s time to sleep, get ready to sink into a soft mattress. If you need an extra fan or blanket, don’t hesitate to ask your hotel. A sleep mask may help as well because it can block out light and help trigger the release of sleep hormones.
Written By: Sam Kent, a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.