Jet lag occurs when you have travelled to a vastly different time zone from your home city and your body is struggling to make sense of the new time. It could be the middle of the day but your body is exhausted, as it is used to being asleep at that time. This is the time when travel accidents are much more likely to happen.
Why are travel accidents more likely with jet lag?
When you have jet lag not only are you usually physically tired but you may be mentally tired as well due to the sudden shift in your body clock. This will mean slower reaction times and a lowered ability to concentrate which all contribute to increasing the risk of a travel accident abroad.
How to combat jet lag and avoid an accident abroad?
It can be difficult getting rid of jet lag. There is no cure but there are certain things you can do to alleviate the symptoms thus reducing the risk of a travel accident.
One of the main things is to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks whilst your body is getting used to the time zone change. You may feel you need the caffeine to stay awake but this will make your body even worse and the risk of an accident abroad will be increased. Make sure you stay well hydrated as this will help you stay alert.
Also, make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before your journey so you are well rested and if you can, try and get some sleep on the plane. This will make it easier for your body to adjust and the likelihood of an accident abroad will decrease.
Finally, try to eat and sleep according to your destination’s time zone, on the flight this will make it much easier to adjust when you arrive there.
Accident Advice Helpline
Unfortunately travel accidents can and do still happen and these can be indirectly due to jet lag or a multitude of other reasons. If you have had an accident abroad within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a travel accident claim on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Alternatively take the simple 30-second compensation calculator online to see how much your travel accident compensation claim could be worth.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice