6) Eat smart
Studies disagree when it comes to eating, so we'll play the role of the late C. Everett Coop and tell you to eat healthy. While some recommend replacing heavily processed airplane food
(high in sodium, it'll only dehydrate you) with salads and fruit, others like The Argonne Anti-Jet-Lag Diet, advise anchoring your inner clock by eating meals when they would be served at your destination. Meanwhile, Drake (the aforementioned doctor, not the rapper) argues that consuming food at the wrong times in relation to our circadian rhythm makes it harder for our bodies to process and digest. See, we told you everyone had a different opinion.
7) Light up
No, not like that. Didn't you learn anything
from C. Everett? The best thing to do when traveling East, says Drake, is to expose yourself to light early and often in order to advance your body's clock. When traveling West, expose yourself to light both at dusk and during the early part of the evening, thereby delaying your body clock.
Confused? Here's a simple rule that should help (although also kind of make you look like a d-bag): When traveling East, wear sunglasses throughout the flight to minimize light and advance your body clock (and also to lead women into believing you had a cameo on Days of Our Lives
). Then, when in your new time zone, open the window shade and get some morning light to reinforce your new wakeup time.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's associate travel editor. She has some German Jedi Mind Tricks for avoiding jet lag, but usually finds herself face-down somewhere anyway. Follow her zzzs @Sohostyle.