What you need to know about Jet Lag

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When you’re headed out on holiday or a business trip, the last thing you need is to feel tired or run down. This is what you need to know about Jet Lag.

I have had some fun putting these tips and facts together.

I Hope that you get as much fun using them and putting them into practice.

                                        Enjoy your travels.



Desynchronosis is the medical term for jet lag. It means that your circadian rhythm (your body clock) is out of sync. Your body thinks it’s still in one time zone, but it’s physically somewhere else. So it gets confused, tired and stupid.


One of the most important things you can do to beat jet lag is to stay hydrated, that means, yes you guessed, loads of liquid,(Alcohol doesn’t count J) which in turn requires plenty of trips to the bathroom. Try eating hydrating foods, such as watermelon cucumber strawberries and celery etc.


Stay away from the fatty proteins as they drain your energy and make you feel sleepy, so stick to leaner meats, like chicken and fish.


What should I eat after a long flight?

“Opt for some lighter meals that are protein-rich to keep your energy up,” says Dr. Greuner. “Try nuts, almond butter with crackers, cheese, yogurt, and so forth.” Dark chocolate: Believe it, how awesome.


If you’re traveling east to west, you’re probably going to stay up later than normal. If you try having a rest or a small nap before flying, it’s easier to stay up later. Sounds simple, give it a try it’s not too hard.


How long does it take to recover from Jetlag?

Your body will adjust to the new time zone at the rate of one or two time zones per day. If you crossed five to six time zones, your body will typically adjust to this time change in three to five days. 

Jet lag is temporary, so most people will recover within a few days. If you adjust your sleeping pattern as soon as possible when you reach your destination this helps reduce the effects of jet lag.


If your travel time is minimal try sticking to your normal routine, this really helps. Keep your watch set to your ‘home’ time and just do what you’d normally do, eating, sleeping, exercise, etc. Your body won’t even notice the time change.

One of the best ways to avoid jet lag is to do some form of exercise, simply take a walk around your hotel, maybe a stroll into town.


Try keeping normal bed times; you might have trouble at first, get the same number of hours you normally sleep. This will help your body fall into a new rhythm for the time you’re away. Even if you can’t fall asleep immediately, try to get into bed and close your eyes until you fall asleep. Eventually your body will pick up the clue it needs to sleep.


Finding your rhythm

When going to destinations where the time changes are significant set your watch when you get there and start following the local hours. You’ll want to eat when you are supposed to eat, sleep etc. By changing the routine that you’re used to directly into the new hours, you can help to offset jet lag before it even starts. Follow your new daylight and darkness hours to adjust your circadian rhythms (your body clock).               


Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioural changes that follow a daily cycle. They respond primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is an example of a light-related circadian rhythm.


Try natural remedies like aromatherapy oils.

Peppermint for nausea, there are a few good oils for relaxation and anti-stress, Lavender, Jasmine and Rose essential oil.

Oils help reduce anxiety as well as promote a sense of peace and calm. . Add a few drops of essential oil on your pillow and inhale deeply to encourage sleep, especially if you have just checked into your hotel after a long flight. Travel kit oils that you can smell for energy as well as the soothing kind for relaxation.

Last resort, sleeping pills, not the choice I would opt for.


What vitamin helps with jet lag?

Vitamin B-12 is a natural way to keep your body alert and energized, without the shaky side effects of energy drinks. Vitamin D, natural or supplemental, are related to the melatonin levels in your body—a hormone that helps get your body ready for sleep


I hope that some of these tips and remedies help you on your next trip.


Happy travelling


The Happy (New) Blogger J


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