Living in either the Central or Mountain time zones makes traveling a little bit more bearable if you're staying within the US. But going from coast to coast can create some serious jet lag. If you're heading out of the country, it's only going to get worse. Here are some tricks from flight attendants of how to prevent jet lag.

  1. Keep on your schedule as much as you can. Go to bed at a normal time, and get up at a normal time. You're body will adapt faster this way. If you do need to take a nap, make it a short one.
  2. Remember in Die Hard when John MClane gets the advice about curling his toes on the carpet? Well, this isn't exactly that, but it does involve your feet. Your feet and legs will swell up from sitting on a plane for so long, so it's recommended that you put your feet up as soon as possible.
  3. Keeping insulin levels up can help your body adjust to a new schedule. So load up on carbs. If you're on a diet that doesn't allow carbs, make your travel day a cheat day.
  4. Get some kind of exercise. Even if it's just going for a walk around the block, getting your body moving can help wake you up.