Avoiding Jet Lag: There's An App For That
When the International Air Transport Association (IATA) isn't trying to reduce the size of our carry-on luggage (and then changing its mind), it's formulating apps to alleviate the pain of jet lag. New smartphone app SkyZen, syncs up with Jawbone fitness wristbands and tracks the wearer's in-flight activity and sleep patterns while doling out helpful tips along the way.
Here's how it works: Passengers are asked to enter their flight number, date, plane class of travel, and the app will pull together suggestions for reducing jet lag based on the length of flight and available amenities. Past the obvious advantages, the app allows travelers to dig into the data to find the best times to travel with the least amount of jet lag. For example, users can compare the quality of sleep during different flight times to a normal night's sleep to find out whether catching that red eye flight is really a good idea.
While Jawbone may be the only compatible fitness band at the moment, the Apple Watch and Fitbit will follow suit shortly. For more information on the inspiraiton behind the app, check out this interview with IATA's Head of Digital Transformation, Tim Grosser:
The app isn't aimed at curing jet lag, but rather to help travelers make informed decision about their travel arrangements based on their personal data. If you're looking for a quick fix for that post-flight exhaustion, check out this seemingly magic drink from New Zealand.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.