How to Beat Jet Lag

feet, legs, airplane seats

Are you packed and ready for your upcoming flight? Whether it’s for business or pleasure, your top priorities are making sure you’ve checked in within 24 hours of departure, all travel essentials have been packed, and double-checking you have your passport handy. However, with the excitement for your trip and checking off your to-do list, jet lag may be the last thing on your mind. What can really throw a wrench in your travel plans is having an irregular sleep cycle, therefore, our aircraft dispatcher team at Sheffield talks about how to beat jet lag.

Melatonin Is Your Friend

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain to facilitate our daily sleep cycle and our body’s internal clock (or circadian rhythm) dictates how much melatonin to produce. [1] A great hack to help you beat jet lag is to up your melatonin by taking 3 to 10 milligrams 30 minutes before you go to sleep to help with your circadian rhythm. If you’re traveling east, take melatonin in the evening and welcome the bright light in the morning to fast-forward your internal clock. If you’re traveling west, take melatonin in the morning but stay around bright lights in the evenings in order to rewind your internal clock.

Nevertheless, for the melatonin to be effective, you must reduce the amount of bright light exposure. Looking at glaring screens from mobile devices and laptops before bedtime can contribute to jet lag insomnia, which no one wants.

Cut Down on Blue Light Exposure

Speaking of glaring screens before bedtime, our aircraft team recommends cutting down on the use of mobile devices and laptops with “blue” light before going to sleep. In today’s world, our eyes are always glued to the screen of our mobile devices and laptops that emit an artificial “blue” light. It inhibits our circadian rhythm. This kind of light confuses our brains into thinking it’s still daylight, which lessens the amount of melatonin created in the pineal gland when it’s time for bed.

If you have no choice but to use your laptop, mobile tablet, or smartphone for work before going to sleep, purchase computer glasses from sites like Amazon. The lenses on computer glasses are usually made with a yellow tint to soften the effect of the blue light on the eyes, making it easier to go to sleep afterward. 

 

With these useful hacks, it’ll be much easier getting some shut-eye when you touch ground. If you’d like to learn more about how to beat jet lag or how air traffic control systems work, feel free to reach out to a member of our aircraft team at our aviation school. Safe travels!

 

 

 

Source:

[1] Sleep.org – What Is Melatonin?

This entry was posted in News & Regulations. Bookmark the permalink.
  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  • Testimonials

    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “Your school has offered me an incredible advantage in the Dispatcher job market.” D.K. D. Kircher
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “now that I’ve been in an indoctrination class with students from other schools, I know I made the right choice with Sheffield.”   Kindest regards,  A.R.  All schools are created equal?! yeah…sure ;)
    “This school came highly recommended by multiple past students and EVEN OTHERS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS. Reputation is fantastic from multiple companies that I have worked for.” A. – September 2020
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “While touring my company’s dispatch department before I had my license our OCC manager pointed out that 7 of the 10 dispatchers on shift had come from Sheffield. The overall consensus was that Sheffield grads were able to hit the ground running as they were better prepared.” K.O. Sidebar K.O.
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect