June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
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You stagger off the plane in Kathmandu after making the 20-hour journey from New York City. Your body thinks it’s 2 a.m.. But here in Nepal, it’s almost noon. This jet lag is like nothing you’ve ever experienced — you can’t even think straight. Is there a magical jet lag cure you can try?
Jet lag — the disruption of the body’s circadian rhythms by crossing time zones —is no joke. Jet lag symptoms may include disturbed sleep, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, digestive upset and feelings of fuzziness or fogginess.
As with almost anything in life, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Travel experts say you can avoid jet lag with tricks like adjusting your sleep routine and meal times before you leave.
But sometimes, you’re not able to follow the jet lag prevention guidelines. Maybe the call of the hotel bed is just too strong, and you end up sleeping when you shouldn’t. Maybe you had a few glasses of wine on the plane instead of herbal tea. Whatever the reason, you’re now feeling awful, and you can’t afford to just wait it out. (Recovery usually takes one day per time zone crossed, according to the Mayo Clinic.1) Take heart — we’ll tell you how to cure jet lag.
Before we share our top jet leg cures, here’s another resource that can help you out when you’re halfway around the world and the jet lag struggle is real: travel insurance. Face it, when you’re not at your best, things can go awry faster and easier than when you’re at your best. And Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance plans provide a number of benefits to help you in a pinch, whether you’re dealing with a travel delay or lost bag. Additionally, our 24-Hr. Hotline Assistance operators can help you find a pharmacy, urgent care facility, or whatever you need — no matter the time or language. Find the travel insurance plan that’s right for you and rest assured that you have one more potential remedy in your pocket if jet lag comes calling. Best of all, you can easily access this assistance directly from the TravelSmart mobile app.
Jet lag can make delivering that all-important business presentation a lofty challenge. It can curtail the enjoyment of what’s supposed to be the greatest trip of your life. But with the right preventative measures and cures at your disposal, you can feel like the best version of yourself no matter the time or time zone.