Fighting Jet Lag – and Winning: 6 Tips to a Restful Night’s Sleep When Traveling
Jet lag is a familiar feeling to most travelers. It’s a nuisance when traveling for business and an unwelcome feeling when on holiday.
Sleep science has made much progress in the past 50 years and we now know that sleep isn’t merely a passive state with your head on a pillow. As a result, we know there are things that you can do to improve the quality of sleep and limit the effects of flying and jet lag.
It’s important to remember that jet lag is what happens when our circadian rhythms – the internal biological clock – and environment no longer match. Crossing multiple time zones, for example, an eight-hour flight from New York to Paris, may have you landing at 8:00 a.m. local time, time to go to work.
Unfortunately, your body still sees the time as the 2 a.m. New York time, when you should be fast asleep, not having a breakfast meeting. The time change influences the rest of the day and, although your body will try to acclimate, you may find yourself on a morning run when you really should be in bed.
Jet lag also causes headaches, a loss of appetite, and mild irritability, all things better left behind when on a trip.
There are steps the traveler can take to counter the effects of jet lag. Here are six tips to a more restful trip free of jet lag.
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