New products and services help relieve jet lag

While there's no shortage of innovations in the travel industry, from speedier transportation to cost-saving tools, there's a major obstacle when flying that's long been difficult to overcome: jet lag. Brands are starting to provide solutions to help people better adjust to a new time zone, making their wellness a greater focus when traveling.


Earlier this month, Delta Airlines and Equinox teamed up to launch Sweatlag, a jet lag-reducing workout class that's scientifically designed to boost one's energy. Delta, which recently launched an airbus that helps combat this frequent problem, sought to also create an exercise offering, recognizing that fit individuals are less likely to experience jet lag. Recent Delta flyers are invited to participate in free workout classes at select Equinox locations in Los Angeles until August, consisting of low to moderate intensity exercises that help reduce stiffness and offset fatigue. Meanwhile, anyone, even non-Delta flyers, can utilize online tutorials to better adjust to a new time zone, with none of the exercises requiring equipment.


The app Timeshifter offers a personalized approach to jet lag based on research in sleep and circadian neuroscience, taking various factors into account, from one's flight plan to their sleep pattern. After downloading the app, users input information, including when they usually fall asleep and wake up, and if they like to use caffeine or melatonin to overcome jet lag. While in-flight, they can use the app in offline mode to know whether they should stay awake, regardless of cabin lighting. After landing, Timeshifter sends notifications on how to best adjust to the local time, such as taking a nap, avoiding light or looking at a bright light, and drinking caffeine. Customized plans cost $10 per trip or $25 annually.


Earlier this year Qantas Airlines launched a non-stop flight from Perth to London, clocking in at 17 hours. To offer passengers relief, the company unveiled several initiatives specifically designed to combat jet lag, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre. For instance, the color and intensity of the jet's interior lights mimic dawn and dusk, while a new menu features items that put passengers to sleep or keeps them awake, depending on the time at the destination. Meanwhile, a jet lag-reducing lounge at the Perth Airport boasts a stretching studio, guided meditation, and shower suites with light therapy that promote wakefulness and alertness.