The holiday mood is soon to strike with the festivities around the corner. Come Christmas as we all are in the mood to fly to a destination to relax and unwind. However, the moment you think of flying overseas to a different time zone, the very first thing that strikes is a jet lag. Jet lag, or as we say, ‘Jet lag disorder’ refers to the sleep problems that occur when we fly through time zones very frequently. The human body adapts according to its surroundings. The circadian rhythms signal the body about when to take rest and when to wake up. Now, the human body is already synced with the person’s home time zone. Still, after a long flight, going through different time zones, it becomes difficult for the human body to adapt to different time zones immediately. This results in a disturbed sleep pattern at the start of the vacation.
A person can be considered jet-lagged if he/she has one of the following symptoms;
- Daytime fatigue
- Stomach problems
- Mood swings
- Disturbed sleep
These symptoms can vary as high or low, depending upon how much time zones crossed or how much time taken to travel. Now, let’s take a look at what possibly can be done to prevent a Jet lag.
Rest adequately before your trip
If you are travelling to attend a crucial business meeting, make sure you reach before a day or two so that you give your body enough time to relax and adjust according to the surroundings.
Adjusting sleeping patterns
Try to adjust your sleeping patterns according to the side of the world you are travelling. If you are going towards the West, the time zone increases and decreases while travelling to the East. So for West, one should sleep after one hour of their usual sleeping time and an hour before when in East.
Stay on your new schedule beforehand
Set your watch according to the time zone at least a day or two before travelling. This will give you and your body a brief idea about the time zone difference there, and will also help you in adjusting your daily schedule likewise.
Keep the essentials for flight
Wearing soft or slightly loose clothes can help you adjust according to the situations you come across while travelling. Always carry a sleep mask and a pair of headphones in flight to sleep peacefully irrespective of light and sound in the aeroplane cabin.
Avoid alcohol before boarding the flight
Consuming alcohol can make you dehydrated and even more prone to jet lag. It is best to stay free of any intoxication before heading for a plane to limit the chances of any discomfort in the flight.
Don’t stay hungry for a long time
Staying hungry for longer duration can make you feel weak. Despite relying on flight food, one should carry emergency food packets to cater to sudden hunger pangs. Also, ensure that you eat healthy in a flight to avoid bowel-related issues while vacationing.
Water is the key
Even if you don’t follow the above points, at least stay hydrated before during and after your flight. Water helps in counter-reacting to the dehydrating effects of the dry cabin air. Drink a minimum of 8 ounces of water for every hour you are flying.
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