Do you love to travel and take long trips to somewhere? Have you experienced traveling by air? If you have, you’ve surely experience jet lag at some point and for some, it may be worse than others.
Frequent fliers and international travelers, jet lag, and its symptoms are so familiar. What is jet lag anyways? Well, jet lag (also called desynchronosis and flight fatigue causing fatigue, insomnia, etc) is that feeling of extreme tiredness after a very long flight and usually if it’s across several time zones. They say the more time zones you go through during a flight the more severe the symptoms may be. Since our body has a way of processing our body clock system or what they also called the circadian rhythms, it gets disrupted if we go through different time zones which causes a shift in our body system.
Jet lag can happen to anyone. Your age, fitness, health, and how often you fly don’t make a difference in whether you get it. It can leave you feeling drowsy, dead tired, lethargic, sleepy, irritable and disoriented. Some may even suffer from insomnia, fatigue, mild depression, loss of appetite, and gastrointestinal issues.
The most affected ones are elder people. They experience the worst effects than younger ones and takes a little longer for their body to recuperate back in sync.
So if you are curious, is there a cure for jet lag? The answer is NO. But there are ways you can try to reduce the symptoms and its effects.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. Keeping your physical fitness and health in top shape can cause fewer or less, if none, effects versus those who are less fit.
Keep Yourself Hydrated. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine and go for the ever-reliable and magical water. You have to make sure you are hydrated so as to avoid gastro issues during and after the flight.
No To Heavy Meals. Avoid heavy meals upon arrival or even during the flight can also help in reducing the effects of jet lag.
Light Adjustment. If you have to travel through from east to west, crossing through different timezones, you can create an illusion of darkness by wearing sunglasses during your flight so it could help with the light pattern. You can also use eye masks to help you get asleep during a very long flight.
Plan Your Schedule Ahead. Try to opt for a flight that has a similar time to when you wake up when you arrive at your destination.
Schedule Your Sleep Before the Flight. If your flight heads eastward, it?s advisable to try and sleep earlier days before the flight. If your flight is westward, it?s advisable to sleep later in the day, days before the actual flight.
Naps. As much as possible, limit your naps to about half an hour if you really need it in the days following your arrival. The longer you take a day time nap, the harder it is you may get to sleep at night, therefore you may suffer insomnia.
Sleep During the Flight. This is helpful so you feel well-rested and not land in your destination feeling tired especially if its a long flight. Some may even consider taking a sleep aid if it?s a very long flight. You can wear eye masks and earplugs to help with the light and noise around if need be.
Though all of these are just simple tips and not an actual treatment or cure to beat jet lag, it is important that we try to incorporate them in our plans especially if you travel a lot. One of the worse feelings while traveling to a new and far place is feeling tired and heavy which is a huge damper to enjoying the whole travel experience.
We hope you find our simple tips helpful and stay safe as always while enjoying the views of the world.