How to Beat Jet Lag in 3 Simple Steps Hannah Winsten May 13, 2014 Air Travel, Travel Tips Jet lag. It’s rough, am I right? When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to do is get stuck in a cranky, confused state of sleep-deprived miserableness. You just want to get out there and have fun! Good luck doing that if your internal clock hasn’t adjusted yet. And I mean that with the MAXIMUM amount of sarcasm. So! How can you beat jet lag? It’s not too hard. Follow these quick tips, and you’ll be maximizing your enjoyable travel time like a pro. 1.) Start altering your sleep schedule while you’re still at home. If you’re headed east, start waking up and going to bed an hour earlier each day for several days before your departure. If you’re traveling west, make your rising time and bedtime an hour later each night. You’ll gradually ease yourself into the new schedule, and your body won’t be so shocked upon arrival. 2.) Manipulate your exposure to light. This one is allegedly the most effective way to beat jet lag. Simply control when you’re exposed to light. If you’re headed east, soak up the sun early in the morning, and retreat into the darkness in early afternoon. If you’re headed west, do the opposite. 3.) Don’t bother adjusting to the new time zone at all. If you’re only headed out for a quick trip, it might not be worth the trouble of resetting your body’s clock. If you’ll only be away for a couple of days, consider leaving your watch set to your home time, and conduct yourself accordingly. Who says you have to eat breakfast in the morning? Do you have any clever tricks to beat jet lag? Blow it up in the comments! Photo Credit: North Charleston, *~Dawn~*, Aero Icarus [H/T to LifeHacker.] Hannah Winsten is a staff writer for the Miles Away blog.