Saturday, 15 April 2017

7 Tips for Overcoming Jetlag

So, I’m finally feeling a little more normal now that I’ve settled back into my usual routine at home, but jet lag has been a real problem for me. When I arrived in Cuba I felt fine and managed to stay up until 10:30, but for a few days my sentences came out the wrong way around, which was funny more than anything else. Coming home was worse, when we arrived and were collecting the baggage etc. I felt OK, but by the time we’d walked outside I started to feel a bit sick, plus we had an hour and a half car journey home. I’d normally have a nap in the car, but the nausea was just getting worse. When we arrived back I immediately got into bed for a few hours sleep and felt better after that, but I was still hungry at the wrong times and the first night home I went to bed at 9:30 only to wake up at 1am and stayed awake until 5am – I managed to sneak in 3 more hours sleep after that but jet lag can be horrid!

Today, I thought I’d share with you my top tips on beating jet lag (for anyone that’s going long haul this summer);
Jet-lag is essentially the body’s inner ‘clock’ going out-of-sync with the time zone you’re in e.g. in the UK if it’s 12 noon, then it’s 7am in Cuba. This can be very frustrating when you’re travelling and symptoms include; fatigue, nausea, headaches, sweating, memory loss and not being able to think logically.
1. Make sure you’re in shape – research has shown that people who are active and healthy recover from jet lag quicker, so if you’re exercising and eating well then you’ve already got a head start
2. Before you go away, try to adjust your daily routine a little, the more you can move this towards your destination time, the easier it will be when you arrive.
3. Make sure you are well rested before your flight (or on your flight if you can get comfy enough to sleep) – this should hopefully mean you’ll be able to stay up until night time at your destination.
4. Drink lots of fluids – and I’m not talking alcohol here people (although the Alexander Rum’s are very nice). Drinking water will keep you hydrated, especially on the plane!
5. A bit of a psychological thing, but if you can change your watch to the time of your destination you’ll get a few more hours to adapt to your new time zone.
6. Try to follow the local time as much as possible – if you do need to have a nap then do so, but not for too long, set an alarm so you can get an hour and wake up feeling a little more refreshed.
7. Spend time in natural light – studies have shown that this is an important factor to resetting your bodies’ internal clock and will help you adapt to a new time zone faster. (Not so difficult when it’s sunny and you have a beach to visit)

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