Friday, January 15, 2016

3 Ways to Beat Jet Lag For College Students

Jet lag sucks! And dealing with it sucks more! But when you have one day to recover from a two hour time difference (losing, not gaining!) before going back to 8 am chemistry classes, you need to deal with it quickly. I'm sure a lot of you have spent winter break in your home state and unless you're one of the lucky few that stay in the same time zone, you're going to have to readjust FAST! Here are 3 ways to do it. 

1) Sleep Train
Sleep training sounds like something moms do to their newborns, but this is exactly what you should be doing a week before going back. You need to go to sleep when you would at school even if that seems really late or early for where you are (*exceptions: if you're time traveling more than 3 hours or it's really inconvenient). This is so helpful because you'll essentially get to keep your same sleep schedule when you get back (just with new times). Trust me, it makes sense once you try it out. 

2) Fly Smarter
Never take a red-eye unless you can sleep on a plane. You should try to sleep when it's dark and stay awake when it's light when you're traveling back to college to help you re-adjust your circadian rhythms. The best way to do this is to fly during the day, force yourself to stay up to the time you'd usually go to sleep at night, then get a full night's rest and rise in the morning. This is almost impossible to do if you're taking naps on flights or staying awake all through a red-eye. 

3) Give Yourself Time
Time is your best friend when it comes to beating jetlag. I know that some of us are at the mercy of when dorms re-open, but if you have a choice of date to fly back, try to give yourself a couple days. At least one day if you have a choice, although more is better. This will help you re-adapt fully making it super easy to get back to your usual schedule once the first day of class comes. Alternatively, you could try to give yourself later classes (as most of us try to do anyway), so you don't need to rise early on that first day back. 

Do you have any tricks to beating jetlag? Share down below!


  1. Sharing this with my little sis! Great tips!

  2. Thanks for sharing, this is so helpful... Do you want to support each others blog by following each other? Please let me know so I can follow you right back:)


  3. thank you! I hope this is helpful for her!

  4. Jet lag is such a real thing for me, especially since I travel so much. We're going to Norway in a couple of weeks and the jet lag is about to GET REAL! xx