December 23, 2019

With the holidays come lots of travel, whether you’re visiting family and friends or simply taking a vacation. If you are going to a different time zone or planning a trip across the world, jet lag can take a serious toll on many travelers during this time of the year. When you experience a time zone change, it can have serious repercussions on your body. We are equipped with internal clocks, which signal your body for sleep, so when we travel to different areas of the world, they are still synced to our original time zones.

 

What is jet lag?

Jet lag occurs during periods of travel and is usually the result of crossing several time zones in a short period of time, without allowing the body to adjust to the change. With this, often people experience difficulties with sleep as it throws off their circadian rhythm. Symptoms can include everything from trouble falling asleep, staying awake, or waking up throughout the night. Other side effects one can experience are stomach issues, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and elevated stress levels.

 

What can I do to avoid jet lag?

If you’re traveling for the holidays, you want to avoid jet lag as much as possible so it doesn’t put a damper on your celebrations. Here are five ways to effectively handle jet lag so your holidays can be merry and bright:

 

  1. Practice your new schedule before you travel – jet lag is worse when traveling east so if you are heading that way, try going to bed earlier a few days beforehand, working your way up to your departure date. If you are heading west, do the opposite and go to bed later. This will help acclimate your body to the change once you get to your new destination.

 

  1. Choose the right flight time – if possible, arrange to arrive to your location in the early evening to settle in before it would be time to sleep. Try to not stay up too late or go to bed too early.

 

  1. Try melatonin supplements – studies have shown that melatonin, which is a sleep aid, can be helpful in adjusting to your new time zone. They are available for sale over-the-counter in any drugstore or pharmacy aisle.

 

  1. Take naps – a great way to fight off jet lag is to take quick naps, even if you’re not necessarily tired. This will help you feel more energized, which you will certainly need during the holiday season.

 

  1. Stay hydrated – staying hydrated will help to avoid symptoms of headaches, nausea, and brain function. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after travel. Do your best to avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.

 

Wherever you end up this holiday season, be safe and enjoy the festivities with your family and loved ones! From everyone at Warm Things, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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