When I first arrive in Japan, jet lag is going to hit me – hard. To prepare for the literal reversing of my biological clock (7:30 pm is actually 7:00 am the next day?!), I decided to Google ways to both prevent and cope with jet lag.
… Turns out Google doesn’t have a lot of jet lag-prevention strategies for those who move to the literal other side of the world. Four or five hours in the difference, yes, but 11.5?! It seems like avoiding jet lag is a pipe dream.
That being said, I did find articles that say to drink one litre of water for every time zone crossed – which means I would have to drink 11 litres of water in 13 hours (yikes). I have found articles that recommend setting your watch to the new time zone as soon as you board the plane and trying to adjust your schedule to that time zone immediately. I have found other articles that say listen to your body and sleep only when you’re tired. I have even found some articles that recommend hiking Mount Fuji as soon as you land (obviously an exaggeration, but any amount of walking after a 1.5 hour flight + 3 hour stop over + 13 hour direct flight + 2 hour bus ride is going to feel just as hard as hiking Mount Fuji!).
When this post is published, I will have already spent a day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Yay for Weekend Orientation!) Of course, the minimal time change of 30 minutes is not anywhere comparable to the time difference between home and Japan, but it will be my third time zone change in seven days. To help minimize the effects of jet lag, I have been drinking lots of water. I tend to drink a lot of water in my day-to-day life, but I’ve increased my consumption since I visited NYC last week, especially on the plane rides. It has helped me to stay hydrated and has kept me feeling pretty good (so far!). I’ve also been setting my watch to the time zone of my destination as soon as I step foot on the plane. Obviously this might not work so well for Japan, but it has worked well for NYC, and I’m assuming it will work well for Halifax, too!
Unfortunately, my jet lag in Japan is going to be further complicated by the fact that I have to spend three days in Montreal first (1.5 hours behind where I currently live) before flying to Japan. Instead of learning to avoid jet lag, I’m thinking I’m better off learning how to cope with it. Dear body, I apologize in advance. Please don’t hate me too much!
P.S. 30 days ’til Japan!