Ward off any nasty side effects of long-haul travel by following this top advice from Timeless Spa’s spa trainer, Jason Arquillano
Anyone who flies through multiple time zones has to struggle with the biorhythmic confusion known as jet lag. All our lives, we work on a 24-hour cycle following these built-in routines known as circadian rhythms. When we fly, they can become a bit muddled. Moving through time zones can leave your body unsure about the right times to sleep and eat (though, if you’re going on holiday, all those rules should surely go out the window anyway). You can’t avoid jet lag, but by following these tips you can certainly make your trip more enjoyable...
Set your watch When you get on the plane, set your watch to the time of your destination to get yourself psychologically aligned.
Drink lots of water Flying makes you dehydrated. So drinking water will help your body handle the travel at altitude better and, because of this, you’ll feel better and recover faster.
Keep on moving Move around regularly to keep the blood flowing. And if you’ve ever wondered how to avoid DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), you should know that good circulation is key. Investing in a pair of flight socks will minimise the risk of DVT and improve circulation.
Eat right A more extreme tip is to start eating three meals a day in line with the new time zone. (Well, we did say extreme…)
Get some exercise Do some exercise to boost your endorphins and stretch out the kinks that develop on long-haul flights. Check out G-Force Health Club Gym at Dubai International Airport Hotel to do some pre-flight workouts, if you have time.
Catch up on sleep Try to get as much sleep as you normally would in a 24-hour period – make up any shortfall with a (short) snooze on the day while transiting in preparation for the next flight. Again, Dubai International Airport Hotel provides a cosy and comfortable environment for guests to catch up on much-needed rest. Or there’s always sleep ‘n’ fly (www.sleep-n-fly.com) at Concourse A, Terminal 3, where there are 20 “igloo” sleep pods and seven premium double cabins with pull-out children’s beds waiting for you to take a nap in.
Have a high protein meal Looking for another delicious way to beat jet lag? A protein-rich meal the morning after you arrive will give your brain what it needs to produce neurochemicals to increase your alertness throughout the day. A good example of this is tucking into a tasty eggs benedict. If you’re staying in Dubai, there are hundreds of excellent breakfast spots. Just turn to the Eating Out listings on page 46 of this magazine to find out more.
Massage therapy Recent studies have proven that a massage with an essential oil such as lavender can help stimulate circulation and general wellbeing, putting a spring back in your step. If jet lag has got you down, it allows your internal body clock to adjust to the time zone naturally. At Timeless Spa, we suggest the Timeless Combination Massage (Dhs450 for one hour and Dhs595 for 90 minutes), which uses a combination of traditional massage techniques from Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai practices. It addresses the body’s natural ability to heal itself and allows your internal body clock to adjust to the time zone naturally.
Soak to hydrate Surrounding yourself with soothing water in the pool or Jacuzzi can start the rejuvenation process. Get in as quick as you can after landing, and relax for at least 20 minutes. A hot shower or pool therapy can alter your state of mind and body, allowing you to face the next haul. There are showers dotted around DXB airport, and are available, alongside a swimming pool, at G-Force Health Club. You’ll feel the difference. www.dubaiintlhotels.com/spa
Three to try
Be relax Get some oxygen
A brand-new Be Relax spa is opening mid-April on Concourse A, where there will be four shower facilities and toiletries available. For an extra Dhs40 with any treatment, try oxygen aromatherapy, which also reduces the effects of jet lag. www.berelax.com.
G-force health club take a dip
For as little as Dhs75 for one hour, try out the facilities at this health club located in Terminal 3 (Concourse A, B and C). This includes hot showers, steam rooms and saunas, a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a gym. www.dubaiintlhotels.com.
Sleep ‘n’ fly have a nap
Scandinavian-designed “sleep ‘n’ fly”, located at Terminal 3, Concourse A, offers a total of 27 sleeping pods so you can get in a little snooze before a flight. Reserve your space online or, if you’re a member of Priority Pass and LoungeKey, just drop by. www.sleep-n-fly.com.