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The Best Apps to Help You Skip the Whole Jetlag Thing

Published April 12th, 2017

Seriously jet lag is the worst. I’ve been known to stop in the middle of Hyde Park in London and kip on a park bench because the 200 metre walk back to the hotel was just too much. I’ve been unable to speak, picked really dumb fights with my friends and fallen asleep mid dinner in a restaurant on more than a few occasions. All thanks to that pesky thing called jet lag.

I’ve tried herbal sleeping pills, watching the most boring movies on the plane in an effort to sleep, yoga, meditation, red wine with my plane dinner and of course copious amounts of coffee at the other end that had my hands shaking all day long. I’m yet to find the ideal cocktail of time, activity, napping and food.

There is one thing that makes a difference though – apps. It’s quite incredible that a little piece of technology can help you regulate your body clock and get up and into the sightseeing at lightning speed, but it can.

Now, it’s time to book a sweet holiday to test these bad boys...


The name says it all. This app takes everything into account from how much light you should be getting or avoiding to when to have caffeine, when to exercise, when to eat and how much. Use the app to start preparing a couple of days before you fly, during the flight and when you arrive in your destination. It tells you when you should try to get to sleep on the plane and gives handy tips for what might assist you in getting the best rest. It works too.

The Jet Lag Rooster and Entrain apps do a similar thing with calculating your light exposure and time management.

Brainwave Tuner

This one is pretty sick. It uses music to change the frequency of your brainwaves to that they’re in the optimum state for relaxation at sleep time, and then stimulates them when you need to be awake.

Relax App

If you need a hand switching off to get much needed sleep at the optimal time, this app ought to help. It’s basically relaxing music with animations. The free version does have ads though, which sort of defeats the purpose, so you might want to pay for the full version.

ANA have also developed their own version of this called ANA Takeoff Mode. And the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has its own SkyZen app, which syncs data from a Jawbone fitness-tracking wristband to tailor advice to your own personal sleep and fitness data. 

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Vicki Fletcher

An Australian travel writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's obsessed with colours, stops to admire flowers and dreams of one day restoring a chateau in France. Her top travel tip: always look up. Follow her on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.