Whether you're flying overseas or just across the country, the effects of rapid time-zone shifts can be surprisingly severe. Some people reach for Ambien, but without a universal remedy at hand, most of us just struggle through. But there's plenty of good advice from people who travel across time zones all the time, which is why we asked these well-known flyers for their proven methods of beating jet lag.
Get ahead of time.
"I once arrived early at my gate for a flight to Denver and set my watch ahead to the local time there. When the next flight was called, I boarded (with my watch set ahead, I believed I was getting on my flight), and settled in. I became curious, though, as the pilot kept updating us during the flight on the weather in Dallas. Let's just say that my 'detour' taught me a lesson: Set your watch ahead after you take off." - Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical correspondent
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