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Getting Over Jet Lag Quickly

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Jet Lag
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To travel is one of the luxuries of life that everyone must experience. It is indeed such a pleasure to be able to go to places you have not been, see sights you have not seen and meet people of different cultures. However, travelling comes with its hassles - one being horrible jet lag. It is pretty easy to change the settings of your watch but it’s totally different when it comes to your body clock. If you are one who travels, for business or pleasure purposes, here are effective ways on getting over jet lag quickly. 

Tip #1: Light Therapy

Synchronize your body clock with your location by using light therapy. Once you arrive at the airport and you see the light, just go with it. Fight your urge to sleep for a while. Engage in some activities or talk to your friends that you have not spoken with for a very long time. Enjoy your first day! And do it with the light. Once night time comes, you need to set up your resting space or hotel room to be dark. Have a zero tolerance on this. Make the room really dark. There should be no light peeping from the windows. Turn off all the lamps. Keep your mobile phone on silent and keep it in a drawer so that you don’t see it light up. Understand that your body is very sensitive right now, just a little bit of light will keep you awake for hours. 

Tip #2: Choose Your Intake Carefully

There are types of foods and drinks that you need to avoid for now. If you want to fight sleepiness, don’t do it with coffee or any type of caffeinated drink. Chances are, when you want to get some shut eye, it will backfire and you won’t be able to snooze of anymore. Be careful of your sugar intake as well especially during the night because it will keep you awake and hyper. Go for organic and healthy food if you have jet lag so that your body can respond appropriately. 

Tip #3: Take Melatonin

Melatonin is a natural hormone that the body secrets in order to regulate our sleeping patterns. Studies have been done over the past few years regarding the effectiveness of melatonin supplements. 3 milligrams of melatonin can give you the fix you need to get a good night’s sleep. All you need to do is to schedule it suitably; preferably about 2 hours before your bed time to your destination. Melatonin is safe to take as long as you take it with precaution and you ask your doctor about it first.

Tip #4: Relax

Consider going to the spa to get a massage or a hot bath before going to bed. Relaxing your mind and your body will ease off your jet lag and your body will be able to adjust to your surroundings and it will eventually help you sleep better as well. The best thing about this is that you will be able to re-energize yourself for the next day.

Getting over jet lag quickly is not that difficult to attain. In fact, with the proper preparations, you won’t even need to suffer from jet lag. Be prepared, bring everything you need, know about the time zone of your destination and you should be all set. 



Jun 23, 2014 11:17am
Great tips! I try to schedule my flights to synchronize with the time zone I am travelling to. If I am going to Korea from the states I will schedule a night flight and stay awake the entire flight. The first night there I will crash hard. It gets me on the right time zone quick. If I am taking a day flight I will get up really early in the morning and then (after a sleeping aid) sleep as much of the flight as possible.
Jun 24, 2014 3:39am
Hi Tyler! Thank you very much for your comment. Scheduling the right flights to help with the jet lag is a very valuable tip. One that I didn't even think of. Thank you for reading!
Jul 16, 2014 3:18pm
I wish I had read this before my last overseas trip. Here's hoping the next long haul will be better!
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