Sleep is a habit and as our body is naturally programmed to do a number of things throughout a 24-hour period such as eating and sleeping, and these circadian rhythms as they are known, get thrown out of sync when we travel long distances.
A major change in time zones can mean that our bodies get very disordered. This can lead to fatigue, memory and concentration problems, indigestion and bowel problems, loss of appetite or simply a feeling of being under the weather.
Plane travel is rarely stress free. Packed airports, delayed or cancelled flights, and lost luggage can raise stress levels, even with frequent flyers.
Tips to prevent jetlag.
- If you are planning on staying a while in your new destination before leaving gradually adjust your bedtimes, rising times and meal times to the time zone of your destination.
- If the trip is short you might like to stay on your regular time.
- During the flight drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration due to the planes low humidity (pressurized air in the airplanes is very dry) Dehydration makes it more difficult for body temperature to adjust to the new time zone. Avoid alcohol and caffeine on the flight; these substances exacerbate dehydration.
- To avoid stimulation Fatigue rather than reaching for the coffee and other stimulants. Use
Self-Hypnosis, Meditation, Yoga and other great breathing techniques-Ujjayi breathing to awaken your mind.
- Move around. Get out of your seat at regular intervals to walk and stretch. washing your face, brush your teeth or just stand for several minutes can keep the blood flowing.
- Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing, avoid any tight footwear, compression socks can help to prevent your feet from swelling.
- Take a neck pillow, eye mask, ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones.
- Upon arrival to the new time zone, immediately adjust your sleep schedule to local time.
if arriving during the day when it should be time for bed. Stay exposed to sunlight, physical activity and social contact to prevent drowsiness. If inside stay near windows to keep awake.
- If you fly from east to west and arrive in the afternoon, recharge by getting some late-afternoon sun, and try to stay awake until your usual bedtime back east.
- Make bedtime at local time. if necessary take a short nap or self-hypnosis to get you through the day.
- Make sure your room is dark to minimize night time awakenings.
- Schedule meals at the proper local time.
- Give yourself time to adjust to the new time zone and don’t schedule to much the first day.
Enjoy your trip away and have fun.