Travelling is a thrill, and it’s a privilege to be able to see and experience different parts of the world. A not-so-sweet side effect? Jet lag.
Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that affects individuals who are travelling through different time zones. Your internal body clock is used to sending you regulated signals at particular times (to wake up, go to bed, grab a snack, etc.). Jet lag occurs when your body clock isn’t synced up with wherever you are.
So how do you overcome timezone tiredness? Give these tips a shot:
Zap tiredness from the start
Don’t start a trip tired. This isn’t the easiest advice to follow since most nights before trips is a scramble of last-minute errands and packing, but starting your adventure on the right restful foot can make all the difference to adjust to wherever you’re headed.
Let the sunshine in
According to Mayo Clinic, light influences the regulation of melatonin in your body, which is a hormone that signal it’s time to get ready for bed. However, the more light exposure you get, the less melatonin is released.
Travelling east? Morning light exposure will help you adjust faster.
Travelling west? Light exposure in the evening will help you adapt to a later time zone.
Studies have proven that a symptom of dehydration is fatigue, so it’s important to keep your thirst quenched everywhere you go. Especially if you’re travelling by plane, humidity levels are notoriously low, so dehydration can creep up on you a lot faster. Airplane bathrooms are awfully tiny, but for the sake of your body and mind, drink the water. It’s free.
If jet lag has gotten the best of you, taking melatonin supplements can help send the right signals to tell your body it’s time to rest.
Bathe it out
A relaxing bath is a great way to de-stress after travelling. Bathing can lower your body temperature, which can naturally invite sleepiness to take over.