8 Ways To Beat Jet Lag And Enjoy Your Vacation
Those who have traveled over multiple time zones know the feeling of jet lag all too well!
Being jet-lagged is bothersome, and it can cause many problems for a short duration like sleeping problems, fatigue, lack of appetite, and more.
Jet lag occurs because our body can’t adjust outright to the new time zone where we arrive. There are a lot of ways to reduce the impact of jet lag on the quality of our lives.
For example, use the best blackout shades for good sleep or consuming small amounts of water frequently to stay hydrated, etc.
Note About Traveling During Covid-19
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But as rules for visiting a destination change quickly, it is important to check with your government websites to see the latest travel restrictions, requirements, and travel advisories.
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8 Ways To Beat Jet Lag And Enjoy Your Vacation
Here, we shall discuss 8 ways that help us beat jet lag, ensuring our enjoyment of the vacation we have been looking forward to.
1. Adapting to the new time zone at the earliest helps in reducing the duration of jet lag. Modern gadgets update time by themselves, but if you have an analog watch or clock, update the time to the new time zone once you depart.
If you eat and sleep according to the new time zone, you will beat jet lag faster.
2. Sleeping time management calls for special attention. You should plan to sleep according to the new time zone. Ensure that you carry noise-canceling earphones, eye masks, earplugs, and comfortable pillows or cushions for traveling.
After arriving, you should try to avoid the urge to nap in the daytime of the new time zone. This can make sleeping difficult later on.
3. We always neglect hydration when traveling. We tend to drink less water to avoid going to the washroom often. Dehydration is responsible for making jet lag severe. Please carry sufficient water. You can also fill up the empty bottle at airport terminals. You may buy packaged drinking water if needed but make sure to consume enough water all through your travel to reduce jet lag.
4. Exposure to light can do wonders to jet lag. Our body reacts to sunlight in a typical way. When we are exposed to light, it reduces melatonin hormone production and makes us less sleepy. When traveling to the east, you can expose yourself to the morning light to reduce sleepiness during the day. If you have traveled to the west and need to stay up late, get more artificial light at night.
There are different types of artificial lights available in the market. For example, headlamps, lightboxes, etc., can help you get the light you need to expose yourself to even when there is no sunlight.
5. Caffeine is your friend when you want to beat jet lag. We accept that caffeine will not cure jet lag, but it will surely keep you alert in the daytime and increase your focus. There are studies available in the market, and one such study found that 300 mg of slow-release caffeine enhanced the alertness of east-bound travelers.
You can choose from many different food products that contain caffeine like coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, and some chocolate bars. The one thing that you should consider is the amount of sugar that you consume with these products. Too much sugar is not healthy.
6. Sleep may be the most vital thing in the reduction and cure of jet lag. To ensure the best sleep, you should organize your sleeping space well and ensure that you have a comfortable sleep at all times. T
he air conditioning in your room should maintain a comfortable temperature which should neither be too warm nor too cold. Turn your phone to silent and turn off the alarms for a good sleep. You can also ask the hotel staff not to disturb you while you sleep.
Try traveling with stuff that helps you sleep at home. Some people enjoy sleeping in white noise. The sound of a fan or rainfall can promote better sleep. Home feels great, and bringing any connection to your home like scented candles, light blankets, etc., can help you sleep better.
7. The melatonin hormone helps us have a comfortable sleep. You can try melatonin supplements to promote sleep.
You can take melatonin at those times when you want to sleep. Please remember not to take more than 5 mg of melatonin at a time, or you may suffer from some unwanted effects.
8. You may discuss with your doctor about sleeping medication. If you are affected with insomnia due to jet lag, these medications may help you get some much-needed sleep. Sleeping medications have side effects.
Discuss that in detail with your doctor before using any medicine. Sleeping medicines will not help you through with your daytime jet lag symptoms.
9. Remember, jet lag is not something that can be avoided all together although frequent travelers experience milder symptoms. So, don’t worry about jet lag ruining your vacation and fly to the dream destination keeping the tips provided above in mind and acting on those.
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