My Secret Jet Lag Cure + 9 More Helpful Tips to recover from a flight

Jet lag, it’s a Twilight Zone place of mental and bodily confusion and no one can seem to give you an adequate jet lag cure.

You’re waking when you should be sleeping and nodding off mid-conversation to your boss at work. And this is 6 days after you touched down.

You constantly feel wired and on edge, your words get confused and you cannot see, let alone think through the fog.

Where’s a jet lag cure that works!

Waianapanapa (black sand beach) on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii
Waianapanapa (black sand beach)

I witnessed the effects of jet lag the other night.

My mother has just returned from a 3 week trip to Europe. She was gallivanting around while Dad was keeping the house spotlessly clean and working out how to turn on the oven. He did well.

Mum didn’t sleep much on the plane and was dazed and confused when we popped by the day after her arrival for dinner and holiday talk.

We supplied a baked chook (chicken in Oz speak) for Mum and Dad, Craig had a fish burger and I was only able to eat hot chips (I was on a restricted diet due to the curing of allergies. Long story, check out Mojito Mother for more).

Fries are not the best choice I know, but I was not allowed to eat iron so it ruled out a lot of things.

Mum placed a plate of chicken in front of me.

“What are you doing Mum?”

“Giving you some chicken.”

“But, I can only eat fries remember.”

“Oh yeah, that’s right.”

“And Mum. I’m vegetarian.” (Have been for 6 years)

“Oh.” She chuckled while I joked about amnesia.

She busied herself and walked over and put an extra large serving of chicken in front of Craig.

“There you go love.”

“Mum. What are you doing? We’re vegetarian.”

“Oh. My goodness. I have no idea why I just did that. I’m losing my mind.”

No you’re just suffering from jet lag.

A week later she’s still laughing at how she tried to give us both chicken.

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What is jet lag and how do you get it?

Just a quick refresh for those who may be first-time travelers and not understand what jet lag is.

Jet lag is extreme tiredness and presents other physical effects, like memory lapses. Jet lag is felt by a person after a long flight across several time zones, which disrupts the body’s 24 hour rhythm. Learn more about circadian rhythm here. 

It can take a few days to a few weeks for your body to adjust to a new time zone when flying. This can make things difficult if you are bouncing from time zone to time zone in a short period of time.

If you are flying long distances, and multiple flights over a short period of time, jet lag can destroy you and you’ll need a jet lag cure that works!

When is jet lag worse?

I find the jet lag hits me worse traveling East. I always get slammed flying from Australia to America and from the UK home to Oz.

I just researched this to discover it is actually fact because traveling eastward runs in the opposite direction to the body clock.

My secret jet lag cure

Okay, to be honest, I really haven’t tried this strategy yet, because I’ve only just learned it and have not traveled overseas.

BUT, I fully believe due to similar things I am doing with it. There are also case studies to back it up.

This strategy is FREE, in huge abundance, and so simple it will BLOW your mind.

Are you ready?(Update: I have tried this secret jet lag cure and it works well!!)

(Update: I have tried this secret jet lag cure and it works well!!)

Earth Yourself

Yep. As simple as that. As soon as you can after your flight arrival, kick off your shoes and put your bare feet on the ground (grass, dirt or sand) for at least 30 minutes.

No I am not crazy. Why would I be?

The earth provides everything with life and works perfectly, why would it not help to cure our imbalances, especially jet lag?

How does earthing work?

You can read about earthing here where I am sharing my earthing project.  I am earthing every day: simply connecting my bare skin to the bare earth. It’s fabulous and my health is dramatically improving.

As travelers, I am sure you are well aware of how great it feels when you connect to the earth. I know as a traveler I spend days if not weeks in constant earthly contact.

Remember when we were kids how barefoot was the norm? And think of the indigenous culture – no shoes there. They always relied on the earth to heal them.

A very simple explanation of how earthing works

The earth holds tons of negative electrons and when we connect with our bare skin (most notably the feet) they buzz on up inside of us and overpower all the positive electrons (the bad stuff) that is wreaking havoc on our body causing inflammation, imbalance and general all round wackiness.

And jet lag is an all round wackiness.

Think of the Earth as the world’s biggest anti-inflammatory. And inflammation is responsible for a vast majority of the world’s illnesses.

As a flier, you spend a lot of time off the ground and in the further reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere. You don’t get the benefits of the healing negative electrons and as you move through the atmosphere you lose connection with the Earth’s frequency.

An experiment by the California Institute of Human Sciences demonstrated that the human body checks for its reference to the Earth every ninety seconds so you can see how confused your body gets on a long haul flight.

All ya gotta do is step outside and touch the earth. You’ll feel the jet lag melt away while you effortlessly settle into your new time zone without giving any long-term vegetarians chicken.

According to the book Earthing,

“This phenomenon is best explained by the body sensing different frequencies from the electrons of the Earth and receiving “Local cues” from these vibrating electrons as the the time of day. Further research is needed to prove this effect, but anecdotal evidences accumulated over the years are strong enough for this effect to receive a mention”

It doesn’t hurt to try this secret jet lag cure right? Whaddaya got to lose?

If you want more help, just in case, then follow our tips for overcoming jet lag below.

9 Helpful Tips for Getting Over Jet Lag

1. Have enough sleep before you leave for your flight

Sleep deficit will make jet lag worse.

2. Drink warm water

The lovely JJ from 84th and 3rd shared this with me recently. Drink warm water for the duration of the flight. It is an Ayurvedic technique. You know that ancient Indian philosophy that created meditation and yoga. I feel as if they know their shit (They also did the whole bare foot thing).

3. Nap during the flight

Take short little naps on the flight when you feel sleepy. It will help build those reserves. If you can sleep for longer make it so that you sleep during the sleep time of your arrival time zone.

For early morning arrivals, ensure you get some sleep on the plane to help you to stay awake until night time. If you are arriving at night, avoid sleeping much during the flight.

Hot Tip: As soon as you board your plane set your phone to the new time zone and play to that.

4. Eat small meals frequently

Make sure you are filling your body with lots of healthy food: fruit and vegetables. Avoid sugar as much as you can.

5. Get up and walk

Walking and stretching will get your blood flowing. It’s great for so many reasons.

6. Avoid alcohol and caffeine

It’s not the sleep imbibing drug we all think it is. Alcohol will keep you awake and when you combine it with the jet lag haze it can get nasty. Caffeine just messes with your internal clock on a normal day. Avoid alcohol and caffeine the day of your arrival too.

[Note to all women wishing to have children one day: The first 12 weeks of pregnancy feels like you are hungover and suffering from jet lag at the same time. #BestWayToDescribeIt #JustSayin #Hideous]

7. Expose yourself to daylight

When you arrive at your destination get out in the sun (may struggle if in England). The sunlight will wake you up into the new time zone.

8. Do not sleep at the wrong time

No matter how tired you are when you arrive in your new time zone, you gotta put those match sticks in and stay awake. Wait until it is bed time. It’s okay to hit the hay as soon as the sun goes down, but it is best you wait till then. Help your body get used to the new time zone ASAP.

9. Travel in a westerly route

We learned above why this can help you. If you are flying westward, try to go to sleep as late as possible for two to three days before you leave.

And earth as much as you can. The simplest jet lag cure there is!

[Update adding in one more tip]

10 Fly business class

I’m adding this tip in long after this post was written as I’ve finally had the experience of flying business class. On my visit to Downtown LA for the BlogHer conference, I flew business class. Jet lag was practically not an issue for me at all and usually flying to LA, it’s awful. I didn’t even sleep on the plane, but just having the space to stretch out, lie down and rest made a massive difference in my recovery. What a great jet lag cure! If only we could afford business class all the time.

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72 thoughts on “My Secret Jet Lag Cure + 9 More Helpful Tips to recover from a flight”

  1. My worst jet lag memory was thinking I was going ok, then smelling brussels sprouts boiling on a stove top. I have never wanted to be sick so badly!
    I think I’ll try earthing next time – otherwise I just eat & drink well and try to adjust my body clock to the destination ASAP to combat jet lag.

    1. I think I used to have the whole brussel sprout vomit thing many years ago without even flying. I quite like them now!!

      The body clock adjustment is key, which I think is what the earthing helps you do

  2. Right now I’m awaiting a flight in Saigon heading to LAX. I have been stressing for the last few days on how to beat jet lag going west. The last time I did this I was horrible to my parents for a week! This vacation home is so anticipated I hope I can fight it this time. And yup, I may just flip off my shoes right outside LAX and just “earth”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the perfectly timed tips!

  3. I have yet to experience horrible jet lag (fingers crossed it stays this way) but I often start adjusting myself to my destinations local time before even stepping on the plane!

    Not sure if this has really made a difference, or if I’ve just been lucky.

    1. No I think it does make a difference. It’s all about tricking your body and as gently as you can.

      You are lucky you haven’t experienced jet lag yet it is hideous.

    1. I think if you are a great plane sleeper night time flights are good, and if you can get a morning arrival then you should be pretty sweet.

  4. Good tips! Funny, someone had just mentioned the concept of ‘earthing’ to me a couple weeks ago – interesting to think of in the context of travel!
    I think 8 is most important – and I always find I adjust better when I fly into places at night (then you can sleep it off, and are mostly in sync the next day!)

    1. Yep. Number 8 is really important. This will just put your body in a tail spin for days.

      So glad you have heard about EArthing again in this post. It’s a sign to pay attention!

  5. My jet lag cure it to stay awake through the entire flight (well as much as I can) and upon arriving at my destination until it’s actually time to go to bed. That way I’ll be too exhausted to not sleep and usually with one good nights sleep on the normal time, I’m back to normal. That said, it doesn’t always quite work that way. I don’t know if traveling East or West makes a difference, but the trip back to my home country USA, no matter how long I’ve been away is the worst. I think I just force myself to be normal on the trip out, but when I get back I’m not as excited. A recent trip from BKK to NYC was the worst ever for me. It was at least a week until I was normal and I was all over the place, like your mom. I think jet lag just needs to run its course. But your tips will definitely help keep you healthy until you’re over it!

    1. Yep. That’s the whole East flight. It really does mess you up.

      Whenever we fly to the States,especially going all the way over to NC, I’m ruined for at least a week. Now I am going to try Earthing and get on top of it.

  6. Living in the Caribbean I barely wear shoes. Mostly just to ride my motorcycle. I knew it felt good, but I had no idea HOW good.

    Having said that I’ve never gotten jet lag. Maybe because I sleep like a baby before the airplane ever takes off and until it’s safely landed. I swear the put tranquilizers in the air.

    1. Maybe the constant earthing you do already can help. It’s amazing what it gives to your health and it’s right outside to be used freely.

  7. Good tips – consider this bookmarked! The one that always gets me bad is the Eastwards NY to London flight. Gets me every time!

    I never want to fly eastwards ever again!

  8. Wow, I’ve never heard of earthing before. I’ll have to give it a try as I have some long haul trips over the next couple of months.

    I try a few of the above. Especially trying to get out into the sunlight if I arrive during the day. Cat napping/resting on the plane too.

    If I really struggle at the destination then I always have some natural sleeping aids to hand, non-addictive of course.

    1. Sunshine is always a great help. Gives you that fresh spark and the glare keeps the eyes open!

      Let me know how the earthing goes

  9. Cynthia Scarborough

    I live on east coast of Florida. Great beaches. Lots of places to walk barefoot. Haven’t tried “earthing” to alleviate jet lag. Hey, it’s worth a try!

    I remember reading an article years ago about a Japanese CEO (Mr. Sanyo, I think) who would only drink bottled water when flying overseas-never ate a meal until he reached his destination, and never suffered jet lag.

    1. Great story Cynthia, thanks for sharing. I guess eating could stuff up the body’s energy channels to much! I’m keen to try out the earthing on my next flight. I reckon it is worth the try

  10. Hi Caz! Great post you have there! ๐Ÿ™‚ This would help a lot of travelers especially those that are newbies ( I think that includes me hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    I have traveled before but It was a good thing that there’s no time difference with my country to that place so I haven’t really experienced jetlag but I often hear it with travelers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am planning to visit Mexico next year and that would be I think a difference of 16 hours. So I am glad to have found this post as I will surely follow your tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thankz Caz for sharing! Be back to read more of your posts :)xxxAlma

    1. Oh yes you will need it for that trip to MExico. Let us know how you go with the earthing and enjoy your trip to Mexico

  11. Great tips! I usually do a few of them already, but some I haven’t heard of, so look forward to trying next time I fly long-haul. Definitely want to try earthing!

    A little off-topic.. one thing’s been bugging me. You say you are both vegetarian, but Craig had a fish burger. I’ve been veg for quite a few years now and know for certain that someone who eats fish is not a vegetarian. Pescatarian would be the best term, but definitely not veg.

    1. Yes, pescatarian is right. We usually just say vegetarian because most people have no idea what pescatarian means and we get tired of explaining it. We usually just say vegetarian but eat seafood.

  12. Ohh, how I’ve hated those flights back to Europe from the US.. It really fucks up your system!

    I have heard of earthing before and I have to admit that I find it very hard to believe! To me it really sounds like a joke. But then again, it’s free and I’ve promised myself to test it when we fly to South America this fall! So! I will test it. You should never just write off something without trying it – even if it seems a little silly ๐Ÿ˜€

    Will let you know if it works! I’m curious – but sceptical! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I absolutely agree Celia! Why not try it and see? It could be the greatest thing you have ever discovered. I do know that just from earthing every day I am feeling really good. So I reckon this could be the winning jet lag cure.

  13. Thanks for telling us your tips on how to get over Jet Lag.
    I have not heard about “earthing” but will surely do it since I struggle alot when it comes to adjusting new time zones. It makes me feel tired and sleepy, just like the first time I went to Philippines to check something. It took almost 1 week before I adjusted to the new time zone. I will surely save your tips on my notes. Thanks for this again.

    1. Pleasure Jack! I hope it works for you. Jet lag is a killer. I wish I knew about this when I was pregnant actually I reckon it would have helped with my jet lag type symptoms ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Definitely! This is one helpful blog. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will surely try this and will let you know if this works for me. I agree with you, jet lag is a total killer (I hate that everytime I travel).

        Your blogs are amazing, and I love reading those as it will inspire and give tips to the reader. Keep up the good work.

  14. Late to the comments party here, but I’m interested in ways to get over jet lag, and I do love your idea of earthing, and will definitely try that. I think having a small snack and something milky along with a couple of Schuessler’s (Mag/Phos) tissue salts just before I go to bed helps me with the sleeping at night. West to East and daytime though, I’m generally a wreck by about 2pm and only wake up again at about 5pm!

    1. I’ve been taking those tissue salts since you recommended them to me Jo. They are great. You might also like to try fossil shell powder. I don’t think it helps with jet lag, but its really good for your body and cell growth. I hope you have recovered from your jet lag and you’ve been able to test out the earthing.

  15. The earthing tip would have helped me while I was away recently. I would kick off my sandals at any opportunity to feel the soft feel of grass underfoot and my fellow travel companions would just look at me. I think it comes from feet being enclosed in joggers all day.

  16. Great list and extremely helpful! Another tip we often is use is to start shifting sleep patters the day before leaving to make the transition less jarring. For instance if I’m taking a red-eye the day before I’ll get up extra early so that leaving at ~9:00pm feels like the middle of the night and I can sleep.

  17. About to take a flight from Seoul-Tokyo-Amsterdam-Madrid. Am racking my brain for ways to walk around barefoot in Madrid when I land at 11:45 pm. Not sure if it will be possible this trip, but next time I fly to Arizona to visit my parents I am absolutely going to try this earthing technique upon landing. For now, hydration and naps will have to do!

  18. ha ha too funny – I was getting some screenshots for the Social Media Summit I am speaking at in Spain (I wish it was in Spain – it’s online ha ha) next week and I was going to feature you guys of course, and here I am in a pin vortex checking out your jetlag tip. I love it – I LOVE earthing and I don’t know why I don’t do this more often on arrival! So I will from now on…but my fave (and my husband’s fave) is to get to your destination and get outside and straight away get SUN on your forehead to help reset your circadian rhythm…plus drink lots (water, not wine) and just hold out till the end of the day till you can sleep at the destination’s time. But earthing is so bleeding obvious, can’t believe we are not doing it! Thanks!

  19. After living in Korea for a year, I flew home to Canada last week. It’s been exactly seven days and I still can’t function at all. It’s 4:30 am and I’ve lost the 5 hour battle to try to sleep. I feel I should be at work prepping my classes, about to teach!!!!

    It’s a 13 hour time difference :'( Dare I go outside and stick my feet in the… Snow?

  20. My first trip to China from the US – 13.5 hr flight. Day 3 after my return, searching the internet to find out why my eyelids become heavy at 5pm after work and I cannot make my favorite cycle or yoga classes. I barely make it home and crash until like 11pm. I will try the earthing tomorrow for sure.

  21. I’d love to give this a go but there’s snow outside here in A
    Canada and I’d freeze my toes off! Any tips on how to get around this? Is freezing outside and I wouldn’t want to stand outside for 30 mins let alone put my bare feet in the ground!

    1. You can buy earthing mats that you can use inside. You plug them into the electrical socket which connects them to the earth and so has the same effect as walking barefoot on the ground.

  22. Hello Caz, itโ€™s really feels good to know the full concept regarding jet lag. I used to travel to the western parts of the world, most of the times. I always face trouble for first two or three days after reaching and returning from there. This is really tiredness to travel for so long! I canโ€™t adjust myself to the local time and spot local time. So, improper sleep. Thanks for sharing the tips! Surely, I will follow them from the next trip!

  23. I know how it feels. I along with my two friends went to the France last week. We felt like we were not in the world. We were so much tired. Then, we picked some energy drinks and had a sleep. Do you have tried energy drinks before?

  24. Hey Caz,

    Its been 10 days since i went from Caribbean to UK, and ive never had jet lag so bad in my life
    I still cant sleep properly without sedatives (which make you even more drowsy next day) and I have a constant ringing (tinnitus?) in my ear from after the flight that hasnt gone.

    My balance is also off slightly, and my reaction time.

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  26. I’m reading this because I need some serious help. I’ve returned to Houston, Tx from visiting Australia and I am desperate to sleep again. I’ve been back for 4 days and have not been able to sleep for more than 3 hours. The weird thing is, in Australia, I slept like a baby. However, returning home, I cannot sleep more than 3 hours at a time. Today, I will try earthing–hope it’s not too late! Thanks for the post.

  27. Absolute nonsense.

    As a placebo it might help but putting your feet on floor will not affect your circadian rhythms.

    ‘Negative electrons’? – My arse!!!

  28. I’m suffering from major jet-lag, and earthing sounds so appealing, . . . except it’s below freezing here in Minnesota, with snow on the ground. I don’t think I’ll be going outside barefoot any time soon! ๐Ÿ™

  29. Hi
    With the damage already done, Ive arrived back from Athens to Brisbane on Saturday and I am still struggling with jet lag. The real problem is getting a good sleep at night and feeling tired in the day. Should I be striving to not nap in the day?

  30. Just came back from America was there for 3 weeks havenโ€™t been able to sleep for 3 days now am stating to get really upset about it because I want to go to sleep but I canโ€™t my body just wonโ€™t let me I need your help and fast x

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