If there’s one downside to international travel, it’s jet lag. Sometimes, that horrible feeling of being overtired and completely out of sync with the time is inevitable when traveling, even for the most experienced travelers. While you can’t always avoid jet lag, there are a few things you can do to help you cope with it. Check them out below!

Sleep Properly Before Take-Off

Put Only The Right Things Into Your Body

Set Your Clock Before The Flight Leaves

Plan A Relaxing Stopover

Jet lag is a lot easier to deal with when you actually have time to rest during your travels. Some travelers find it near impossible to completely relax and fall asleep on a flight, particularly if you’re sitting in coach or it’s a turbulent flight. So a day or a few days spent in a stopover destination may be just what you need to catch up on some sleep and feel refreshed for the flight home.

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Of course, planning a stopover will come down to finances and time allowances. But if you can afford it and you have time in your schedule for a few days in a stopover destination, it really can make all the difference to how you feel.

When you’re planning your schedule, try your best to not pack too much into your itinerary on the first few days after your arrival. The more time you have to rest and recuperate during this time, the better you’ll feel.

Play Around With Lighting

You’d be surprised how much lighting can impact how tired or energized you feel. Sunlight will promote the production of melatonin in your body, which will make you feel tired so you can sleep. Use this to your advantage before you fly and after you arrive at your destination to help you either stay awake or fall asleep.If you’re really trying to sleep on a plane or during a stint of jetlag, it’s a good idea to simulate darkness by using an eye mask to block out the light. This may help you to fall asleep and get the rest you need.NEXT: 20 Little-Known Facts ABout Jet Lag And Why We Should Never Fly Again