It can be bitterly disappointing to lose precious days of a trip to poorly planned sleep and jet lag. But international models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian oftentimes don’t have the luxury of sleeping in, and need to look their best and be on top of their game within hours of landing.
“A few years ago, jet lag from traveling around the world never affected me. Everyone told me that it was because I was young. Well, I must be old now because jet lag seriously gets to me these days, lol,” Kendall wrote in a blog post. Kim Kardashian’s hectic lifestyle is catching up to her as well. “From Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour to NYFW and PFW, I’ve been flying SO much lately,” she wrote.
The sisters have developed personal plans to combat jet lag. Kendall has trained herself to become a plane sleeper to pass the time, and has found that it’s helped her with quicker adjustment to new time zones. She uses Dream Water to aid in lulling herself to sleep. “Recently, a model friend and I were on the subject and she told me that she meditates to help fight it,” she wrote. “I was skeptical at first, but I’ll try anything at this point! Kim and I did a class just the other day and I loved it. It was so peaceful and totally helped me concentrate.”
Kim credits her jet lag survival kit for keeping her on point post-flight. She wrote that she never travels without two silk pillowcases to help her fall asleep early on local time, Vital Energy Tea from Yogi for the morning after, her de-puffing eye cream from Skyn Iceland, and an Armani under eye concealer that she keeps in her purse at all times.
Turns out, some of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters’ anti jet lag hacks are even scientifically proven. Kendall wrote that she gets anxious and impatient on flights, and meditation is indeed a great way to calm the nerves and set yourself up for an easy, restful trip.
“Scanning your body from head to toe is a great way to manage travel anxiety,” Dr. Guy Meadows of Sleep School told the Daily Mail. “Make time to describe every detail of your body in a objective manner such as, ‘I can feel my toes touching the floor, the beat of my heart, the seat on my back, the movement of my breath’ and so on. When your thinking mind starts to race with worries, gently acknowledge them and let them go by returning back to your body.” Dr. Meadows does not recommend sleeping by default like Kendall does, though. “’If you are arriving at your destination in the afternoon or evening, make sure you stay awake on the plane so that you are ready for the local bedtime on landing. Alternatively, if you are arriving in the morning, aim to sleep on the plane to be ready for the day ahead,” he says.
More items from Kim’s kit get props from experts for those who have trouble sleeping away from home. “Bring elements or objects from home like a picture of the family, favorite pillow, blanket or even a coffee mug to ease the feeling of being in a new environment,” the National Sleep foundation recommends, noting that familiarity is key when falling asleep (so Kim is smart to travel with her favorite pillowcases). “The absence of a familiar noise can also disrupt sleep. City dwellers may have trouble falling asleep without the familiar sounds of traffic. Or a traveler may find it difficult to sleep without the familiar tick, tick, tick of the alarm clock at home.” Turns out there’s a thing or two we can learn from this jet setting family.