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That means: The departure in Germany for a non-stop flight should not be until late in the evening.

That means: The departure in Germany for a non-stop flight should not be until late in the evening.

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3. Proper nutrition on the flight

On flights to the east, try to get as much sleep as possible and eat foods high in carbohydrates, such as potatoes, pasta and bread. These make you tired and ensure that you fall asleep faster on site.

On the other hand, if you are flying west, you have to stay awake. Protein-rich meals consisting of fish, meat or dairy products are beneficial for this. Just before landing, you can have a cup of coffee or black tea. In general, however, you should only consume a little caffeine and drink plenty of water instead, as the cabin air is very dry.

4. Get used to the destination quickly

No matter where you are going: change your watch while you are on the plane and quickly adapt to the daily rhythm at your destination. In the first two days, however, you should try not to do any strenuous activity. Allow your body to adjust to the new time zone and climate. Restful nights and lots of sunlight during the day help.

5. Stay at your own pace for less than 48 hours

If you stay in the other time zone for less than 48 hours, you don’t have to go to great lengths to adjust to the time there. When traveling on business, for example, it helps to take a nap, otherwise you can maintain your own biorhythm.

6. Be careful with sleeping pills

Whether medication can help with jet lag is controversial. You should only take sleeping pills in an emergency and discuss the exact medication with a doctor. You can test the intake at home over a weekend: In rare cases it can happen that you react the opposite way and that the remedies have a stimulating effect on you.

7. Back at home 

When you arrive at home, spend as much time as possible outdoors during the day, exercise a lot and recharge your batteries. This helps the body to adapt. It is also important to adjust the meal times to the new rhythm immediately. Fridge looting at night is therefore taboo.

If you have to perform at full capacity right away, you can also use melatonin, a sleep-inducing drug. Because it takes about six days to get rid of the symptoms of jetlag.

Flying to Asia with children: sensible flight times

Long-haul flights can be very exhausting for parents and children – but with the right flight times you can reduce fatigue and stress. If you want to go on holiday in Asia, it is best to choose a night flight on the outward journey.

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However, the time difference must always be taken into account here, in Thailand about plus six hours. Arriving early in the morning according to local time is inconvenient for children because the little ones are still in deep sleep. It is therefore better to arrive in the early afternoon. That means: The departure in Germany for a non-stop flight should be late in the evening. If you’re still changing planes in Europe, it’s best to leave home between 5 and 7 p.m. The same tactic is recommended for the return flight from Asia.

Sources used: dpa news agency, own research

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In the summer there was still hope of seeing them again. The new owner of "Germany" chartered the ship to the Bremen tour operator Plantours. He needed a replacement for his own at short notice "Hamburg" which had to go to the shipyard. The trips were a success, the new one "Germany"-Owner Absolute Nevada LLC would have liked to continue the cooperation. But Plantours rejected the plans.

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If you cross four time zones as a long-distance traveler, you must expect jet lag due to the time difference. It makes a big difference whether you are flying west or east. Find out here why travelers to Asia suffer particularly badly from jet lag.

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Time difference and jet lag

The body is used to a fixed 24-hour rhythm. For long-distance trips, the day is either extended or shortened. As a result, the body’s internal clock, which is mainly controlled by the nucleus suprachiasmaticus of the brain, becomes jumbled.

This also influences physical processes, such as the release of hormones. The consequences are dizziness, tiredness, sleep disorders, loss of appetite, indigestion and irritability.

To the west or east

If the long-haul flight takes more than four hours, travelers must expect jet lag, says Ulrich Klinsing, chairman of the German Association of Travel Medicine, in a report by "Rheinische Post".

The direction of flight is also decisive for the consequences of the time difference. If the trip goes west from Germany, for example to the USA, the day is extended. The day is shortened to the east, to Asia. The body can handle an extension of the day much better than a shortening it.

Tips for traveling to Asia

The travel doctor advises you to adjust to the new times as quickly as possible. "It is advisable to set the clock to the new time immediately after boarding the aircraft" so Klinsing. Despite being tired, you shouldn’t go to sleep during the day and don’t think too often what time it is at home.

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Another tip from the travel doctor: In the first few days you should give the body time to adjust to the new rhythm. So do not put physically or mentally strenuous appointments on the first days of your trip.

The clock is changed twice a year in Germany. You can find out here why summer and winter time exist, what effects the time change has on the body and when it was originally introduced.

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Why time change? History and reasons

The time is changed twice a year in the European Union. The original reason for the time change is the assumption that daylight can be better used and energy can be saved through the introduction of summer and winter time. Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the USA, presented his first thoughts on the time change in a letter "the cost of light" in 1784. Franklin humorously criticized the high consumption of candles and suggested waking people up at sunrise to make better use of the sunlight.

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In Germany, summer time was introduced in 1916 under Kaiser Wilhelm II, before it was abolished again in the Weimar Republic. Until the end of the 1930s, Central European Time remained in Germany all year round. When the war began, Germany turned around again: the hour of daylight gained should lengthen working hours. After the end of the war, however, there were several other changes in dealing with summer time. As a result of the oil crisis in the 1970s, summer time was finally and definitively reintroduced in Germany in 1980.

In addition to the energy crisis, another reason for the change was that many European countries had already introduced the regular time change. The summer time regulation has been in effect across Europe since the 1990s.

Effects of summer and winter time

The assumption that the clock change could have positive effects on energy consumption has not been confirmed. According to information from the Federal Environment Agency, less electricity is actually used in the evening during summer. Instead, there is more heating in the morning in spring and autumn – and the increased consumption of heating energy compensates for the electricity saved. 

 A current assessment by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) also comes to this conclusion. The time change has lost its original meaning (also in view of the already lower consumption by energy-saving lamps).

Time change can cause mini jet lag

Instead, many medical professionals repeatedly warn in media reports of the massive effects of the time change. The time change affects the body like a little jet lag, from which people with sleep disorders and organic disorders suffer particularly.

For example, many people complain of daytime sleepiness, difficulty falling and staying asleep, irritability, difficulty concentrating, fluctuations in heart rate or digestive disorders, according to Dr. Horst-Werner Korf, Director of the Senckenberg Chronomedical Institute of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main opposite the "Focus". The reason for this lies in the disturbance of the internal biological clock, which is disrupted by the time change.

Time change: tips for the biorhythm

These complaints do not have to be – the Techniker Krankenkasse therefore recommends preparing for them in good time. "A few days in advance, those affected should go to bed a little earlier and eat their meals earlier than usual. However, extensive dinners must be avoided" explains Brigitte Fuhst, head of the TK regional representation in Bremen. Also, try to get up a little earlier in the morning in the days before the clock change. In the first few days after switching from winter to summer time, it is helpful to get more fresh air and a few rays of sunshine in the morning. This inhibits the production of the sleep hormone melatonin and you feel fitter.

You should skip your afternoon nap and take a walk instead. This also inhibits melatonin production and you tend to be tired in the evening. Even if you suffer from insomnia in the beginning, you should avoid sleeping pills. It is better to try a soothing tea, such as valerian tea, before going to sleep. A warm bath or relaxation exercises also often work wonders.

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