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Jet lag, something that everyone talks about when you switch time zones and your body isn’t catching up as quickly as you are traveling. Sometimes you are just tired, or you can have headaches or nausea. Here are a few tips to help you with Jet lag:
Before your vacation adjust your daily schedule. A few days before the trip if you are traveling east adjust your sleep schedule move your sleep and wake times earlier. If you are traveling west move your sleep schedule later. This won’t completely get rid of it but it will help you get a leg up.
When you get to the airport there are other things that you can do including changing the time to your destination time on your watch. Make sure that you are always hydrated when traveling, this will help stop the symptoms of jet lag. If you are traveling west you may want to consider taking a couple of caffeinated drinks to help you stay up later. If you are going east - you may want to think about it if it will keep you up too late. And watch how many alcoholic drinks you have on the plane as alcohol dehydrates the body.
I am a natural sleeper on the plane, but if you are not, you may want to consider bringing a travel pillow, earplugs, or earbuds and soft music to lull you to sleep.
While on vacation the first day make sure you plan a full day on the first day and stay up later at least till 10 pm so that you are nice and tired out to get a good night’s sleep. Make sure that you are eating more protein-rich foods to give you energy without the sugar crash.
Did you know that there are apps to help you reduce the jetlag symptoms? Try apps like Timeshifter which tailors its recommendations based on your age, gender, sleep patterns, and your travel itinerary.
If you are someone who has exercise in their daily routine, keep that up while on vacation, that can help you keep the jetlag away.
Once you are home - still stay hydrated, keep up on a morning exercise routine. A morning workout will help get your blood flow going and give you a natural jolt of energy. If you need that nap, take it. It usually does take a couple of days to catch back up. Plus now that you are home, and there isn’t anything new to see, it’s completely natural to feel the side effects of jetlag.