In the 21st century, more and more people are flying to far-flung parts of the world—and when it comes to business that can mean going to the other side of the world. Despite the many meet and greet services that have sprung up to ease a long journey, jet lag has remained an enemy that all frequent fliers have had to tolerate and find strategies to avoid.
Anyone who’s ever found themselves unable to sleep or stay awake after a long journey will know just how debilitating jet lag is—and of some of the more quirky methods to avoid it. A flurry of controversy and amusement surrounded the use of sex pills, while others sought refuge in sleeping pills and the ageless method of a nightcap at the local bar.
However, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has come up with a modern solution—an App called Skyzen.
Unlike the more traditional solutions to reducing the effects—or attempting to avoid it altogether—of jetlag, Skyzen doesn’t promote sleeping pill induced blackouts, alcohol induced hangovers or embarrassing, if natural side-effects from using sex pills.
Working along with a fitness wristband, users get a complete physical profile of their activity levels and sleeping patterns while in the air. By imputing this information along with flight data (including flight numbers and class details among others), users get a regime to follow before, during and after the flight.
The regime doesn’t just include advice on when to sleep, but also physical activity. Used in conjunction with other services that have built up around the aviation industry, including car to airport transfer services and fast track bookings, Skyzen is a great addition to any long-haul travelers’ box of tricks to surviving a big flight with the least amount of disruption to their circadian rhythm.
Senior Vice President of IATA, Tom Windmuller is confident that Skyzen is the best hope for travelers, stating that “as the aviation industry’s body, we have the breadth, depth and width of experience and knowledge to deliver an expert app that can help with this most common of travel issues. Skyzen is that app. There’s no other like it on the market.”
For more information, check out the CNN report here. Skyzen is only available on iTunes at the time of writing, but IATA has stated that an Android version is “in the works”, with the release date to be announced. read more.
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