5 Tips to Lessen Effects of Jetlag both Abroad and at Home

By Paul Riegler on 9 May 2016
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Crossing multiple time zones subjects your body to seeing, for example, the time as midnight while it’s really time to go a meeting or lunch. This is behind the phenomenon known as jetlag, when our circadian rhythms – our internal biological clock – and our environment no longer match.

Those suffering from jetlag are typically not at their best and many experience a loss of appetite, headaches, and mild irritability.

Here are five tips to help you survive and thrive in your new time zone, be it abroad or when you return home.

1.) Let there be light

One of the easiest ways of dealing with jetlag is to use light to your advantage. When it’s dark out, your body increases the production of melatonin, a hormone secreted by the brain that regulates your sleep. This makes you sleepy. When it’s light, your body produces less melatonin.

Once in your lodgings, open the curtains, go out on the terrace, go for a walk, or use a daylight lamp or alarm clock with built-in light that slowly wakes your body naturally.

2.) End your shower with cold water

This is a practice long followed by FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who finds it is invigorating and helps him get the day started.

Cold water activates the areas of your brain responsible for regulating wakefulness and the result is a feeling of increased alertness. In addition, the cold water shocks your system and increases your metabolic rate, reducing feelings of fatigue.

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