A lot of people consider the hardest part of travel to be the jet lag and sleep deprivation. Primarily, this occurs even when the flight isn’t long or the travel far. The reason for this is because of how difficult travel is on the body. It can take months for the body to recover from a move to a new city or country and even if you travel a short distance, your body has to adapt to this.

For the most part, people who are sleep deprived have lesser cognitive function and aren’t able to maintain their intelligence. People who are high performers, such as doctors, lawyers, and military personnel, are unable to operate under these conditions because it is a matter of life and death.

Your #1 Tool

Most people don’t realize that the #1 tool to get rid of sleep deprivation isn’t technically a a nootropic at all: it’s water. In the articles to come on Flight Health, we will have plenty of information about nootropic drugs and other things that you can use to improve your health while in the air. However, for now we are going to focus on something basic.

Water is 70-80% of our body by weight and a huge part of our cognitive function is dependent upon our ability to drink enough water. For most people who are trying to do a lot during the day (and especially traveling) it is hard to get enough water.

What is worse, the authorities in airports are always taking water away and forcing people to throw away bottles. When people end up in their final destination, not only have they had little sleep (or less than usual), but usually they are dehydrated. Check out this short video on jet lag suggestions:

As you can see, jet lag is a major burden for people, but it isn’t the only thing to keep in mind. Drinking enough water is as important as getting nootropic drugs that will help you to overcome the effects of sleep deprivation.

How do you get enough water? Simple. Make sure that you drink a lot of water before you even get to the airport. If you can get your quota beforehand, you’ll be in luck. If you don’t want to go that far, drink as much as you can and buy the rest after airport security.

No matter what you are going to be peeing a lot, but that is okay. You can urinate frequently and still see plenty of benefits by drinking enough water.

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