Lady Gaga's near collapse on stage last week had both fans and the media worried: has the grueling tour schedule finally proved too much? The star looked frail during a New Zealand performance of "Bad Romance" — even having to sit and lie down through the song. This incident comes shortly after postponing two concerts in the US due to exhaustion. She did, however, make it through the song and looked as good as new at the next night's performance.
On Friday, she told Australian radio hosts, Kyle and Jackie O that it was jet lag — not overwork — that caused her to nearly pass out: "I was so jet lagged. I passed out about three times on stage that night but I got myself to the floor. I'd rather die on stage than walk off because I was going to pass out."
To find out how to make jet lag more bearable, read more.
I think most people can attest that jet lag has the power to leave us feeling incredibly tired, irritable, and foggy. For some, it even causes headaches and may make sleeping difficult. And while most of us aren't putting ourselves through the rigor of Lady Gaga's tour, there are ways to make jet lag more bearable during the times we do fly.
- Arrive to your destination during the day. Once you arrive, do something active while it's still daylight — this should help you recover from jet lag much quicker. Also, go to sleep at that time zone's normal bedtime.
- If you are traveling for work or an event, or crossing over time zones, try to schedule your flight so you arrive a day or two in advance. That way you'll have time to recuperate.
- Consider going to bed earlier for a couple of nights before leaving if you are traveling east. Go to bed later for a couple of nights if you are traveling west.
- For short trips, maintain a schedule of eating and sleeping at your usual times, while at your destination. For longer trips, try to adapt to the time schedule to which you're traveling before you leave.
- If you can't help but fly during the night, try to sleep as much as you can. This is especially true on red-eye flights: make the cabin as dark as you can, and wear eye shades and earplugs to tune out activity around you.
- Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and caffeine before and during the flight. Dehydration will only further mess with your sleep schedule.