Jet Lag is a Drag
Not only can the act of traveling be a drag, but once you get to your destination you may have to deal with the effects of jet lag. Even the most experienced traveler can fall victim to jet lag, but following the tips below may help you on your next trip.
- Start Prepping – Getting your body ready for the time change prior to travel can be very helpful. All you have to do is gradually adjust the time that you go to bed each night to the time zone you will be traveling to. Making a half hour adjustment each night shouldn’t affect your ability to be productive during the day, and limit jet lag.
- Overnight Flights – An overnight flight makes it easier to sleep on the plane, and you can arrive to your destination well rested. Many also find it easier to reset the internal clock after an overnight flight.
- Supplement with Melatonin – Your body naturally creates melatonin, but boosting these levels can be beneficial. Melatonin is released during the dark hours of the day, and it helps the body to prepare for sleep. Sub-lingual melatonin tablets absorb very well and usually provide excellent results.
- Try a Homeopathic Remedy – There are several homeopathic jet lag remedies on the market. Jet Zone is a very popular one, as is Sprayology Travelease.
- Get Sun – Even something as simple as getting sun can help the sleep cycle. Bright and natural light early in the day helps to wake up the body and keep it awake during the day. It can also help the body to better recognize the change in light during the evening hours, which can be helpful to the body’s natural release of melatonin. There are artificial lights that NASA has developed that help prevent jet lag.
- Keep Hydrated – Experienced travelers recommend drinking plenty of water during flights (about eight ounces for every hour of airtime). Limited alcohol consumption can also help, because the air in plane cabins already causes dehydration in passengers. Although a drink may promote relaxation, it can also exacerbate dehydration and jet lag.
- Try Natural Lavender Oil – Lavender can help to promote sleep. Research has shown that it is a sedative, and people that use it to help with sleep note a refreshing night’s sleep. Even just putting a few drops on your bedding and pillows can help.
DO NOT use prescription medications. Try these tips before resulting to drugs. Prescription sleep aids come with numerous negative side effects, like addiction, drowsiness, further insomnia, poor sexual health, and they’re expensive.
Using the above tips is a great and all natural way to help with jet lag. These tips can be used individually or all together, and they may be just what you need to improve your next travel experience.