I’m kinda surprised how easily I get jet lag when I travel. I need a day (or RedBull) to adjust when I get to my destination and if I’m going to somewhere beautiful like Europe, I really don’t want to waste a day catching up on my zzz’s.
There’s been some talk about having proper LED lighting to help ease the feelings from jet lag.
Recently Air Transat has announced that they have included day-to-night LED mood lighting as one of their redesign features on the Airbus A330 cabins. “We have been listening to our passengers and know that one of their concerns is jetlag when travelling overseas,” says Joseph Adamo, Vice President, Marketing & Web Commercialization, Transat Canada.
How does light therapy work on the plane?
- Warm white light during overnight flights helps stimulate melatonin production and increase passenger relaxation. Warm lighting reduces the heart rate and yields “medically measurable improvement” in sleep patterns.
- Blue-rich cold light in the morning increases alterness. The “cooler” light suppresses melatonin production. The benefit to passengers is better productivity and more enjoyment over the course of the arrival day after a long trip.
- Reddening the colour slightly at dawn and dusk, and simulating sunrise and sunset, can reduce fatigue during long-haul flights.
How else can you help reduce jetlag? Take melatonin supplements, drink lots of water, eat small meals frequently and walk around the plan whenever possible.
I’ve got a few trips lined up and for sure jet lag is on my mind. Do you have any other advice for me?
Air Transat is rolling out their new cabins over the next two years. For more information about the newly redesigned Airbus A330 cabins visit their website at www.airtransat.ca
Just found this pic! This totally crack me up…my little guy fell asleep before dinner arrived on one trip…and it wasn’t the first time!
Jet lag is never one of my problems, but gosh, your boy is CUTE!!