We love to travel. Sometimes the further the better. And sometimes, we have to pay a price for this: jet lag.
Jet lag is a consequence of alterations to circadian rhythms. The symptoms resulting are fatigue, sleepiness, weakness, impaired coordination and decreased ability to concentrate. How can we minimize the effects of jet lag when taking a vacation?
If you’re about to start a trip of more than 5 hours, either in east or west direction, there is a gap in the schedule that alters the habitual body rhythm (night / day). Doctors say the body normally takes several days to adjust until return to normal rhythms. The condition of jet lag may last many days, and recovery may take 1 day per eastward time zone or 1 day per 1.5 westward time zones.
We would like to share some tips, in order to avoid (or minimize) jet lag:
-Drink plenty of water.
-Avoid coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages.
-Try a nap during the flight.
-Do not take sedatives or sleeping pills in flight.
-Consider taking melatonin once you are on the arrival destination (this is a product sold over the counter in pharmacies).
What are your best tips? We would love to hear from you!