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How To Beat Jet Lag

September 30, 2013

When traveling to a new time zone, our natural circadian rhythms are generally slow to adjust and often remain on their original biological schedule for a number of days. This results in our bodies telling us it is time to sleep, when in reality it is the middle of the day in the country that we are visiting.This disruption in our sleep patterns is known as jet lag. However, there are a number of highly effective ways in which jet lag can be treated, ways that will not only minimize some of the side effects of jet lag, but also allow you to recover quickly from any side effects that are encountered. These jet lag treatments are:

  1. Select a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time. 
  2. Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.
  3. Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.
  4. Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime. Both act as "stimulants" and prevent sleep.
  5. Upon arrival at a destination, avoid heavy meals.
  6. Avoid any heavy exercise close to bedtime.
  7. Try to get outside in the sunlight whenever possible. Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the biological clock.

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