|For many of us we believe jetlag is simply something that comes hand-in-hand with travelling. We’ve all heard people’s crazy remedies that may assist in lightening the blow, but most are a complete waste of time.Rest assured this blog is dedicated to giving you the true cure to ridding yourself of jetlag. Firstly Jetlag is caused when we disrupt our biorhythm (body clock). This is typically associated with travel because we experience several different times zones in an extremely short period of time.
Jetlag will cause you to feel lethargic, irritable and highly fatigued. In serious cases you may experience insomnia, depression, anxiety and potential gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhoea or constipation.
Avoiding Jetlag is possible but it is not necessarily easy and requires some preparation. Here are five of the best ways to avoid spending the first few days of your holiday tucked up in bed.
The more physically healthy and fit you are the more likely your body will be able to adjust to shifts in times zones. So before your long haul flight hit the gym and stretch your legs at the cardio bar.
Two weeks before jetting off make sure you have sufficient rest. You should try and have at least eight hours sleep every day leading up to your flight. Avoid late nights on the town or dancing till dawn a few weeks prior to leaving.
While not always possible, it is proven that if you travel in the direction of the poles your body will be more willing to adjust to the time zone changes.
Alcohol causes the body to produce less oxygen and also slows down the body clock, so when travelling steer clear of all things alcoholic. Whilst caffeine is a stimulant that many of us use to feel more energetic, often the opposite can occur when downing a long black on-board.
Before you even pack your bag to leave, you should begin preparing your body for the new time zone. Set one clock in your house, a few weeks before, to the time zone of your holiday destination and take note of it for a few weeks. This will allow your body to familiarise itself with the different time. You should also begin to gradually change your sleeping pattern to suit to new time. By slightly altering your sleeping pattern, a few hours every night, will allow your body to adjust quicker..
It is also a good idea to change the time on your watch and phone to the new time zone as soon as you get on your flight.