Kids who sleep well in the weeks leading up to a trip have an easier time with jet lag.

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Before you go, adjust bedtimes to the destination's bedtime, sleep specialist advises

Try to limit naps from 15 to 30 minutes, doctor suggests

Get outside in the daylight to help with the adjustment

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Crossing time zones can drain travelers, just like looking after young children can exhaust parents. Put them together, and the result can be overwhelming.

Managing junior jet lag can make the difference between a fun family holiday and a traveling temper tantrum.

But getting kids to sleep on a schedule can be a challenge at the best of times. Throw in a multihour time difference and vacationing families might have the makings of a meltdown on their hands.

Sleep specialist Russell Rosenberg, chairman of the National Sleep Foundation, suggests trying to adapt kids’ schedules in the days leading up to a trip, instead of waiting until the first night of the vacation.

“The best advice is probably to adjust the bedtime to the destination bedtime, even before you go,” he says.