As travel starts to ramp up again, save this app for whenever you travel across multiple time zones next: Timeshifter
Before COVID, I traveled to my company’s corporate headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia
, about once a year. San Diego (where I live) and Bratislava are 9 hours apart the vast majority of the year. Put succinctly: the jet lag is rough
However, I discovered Timeshifter a few years back, and it dramatically helped my jet lag on subsequent trips.
Here’s how it works:
- A few weeks before your trip, tell Timeshifter your exact itinerary, including dates, times, airlines, cities, and any connecting flights or layovers.
- Tell it your normal go-to-bed time and sleep rhythm, if you drink caffeine, and if you take melatonin to help you sleep.
- It will create a plan to slowly coax your body to be more ready for the student time zone change by bumping your bedtime at home, telling you when (and when not) to drink caffeine, and how to keep your body awake when it needs to be.
The plan will be down to the minute, suggesting when to sleep, when to consume some caffeine, and how to trick your body into preparing for your trip.
I’ve never followed the plan exactly, but even following loosely dramatically improved my jet lag. It’s on both iOS & Android.