Travelling? 3 Tips To Beat Jet Lag

 In General Health, Guelph Naturopathic Doctor

Travelling? 3 Tips to Beat Jet Lag

Summer…the perfect time for travelling!  However, it’s also the perfect time for jet lag.  As we head out to explore this beautiful earth of ours, it’s hard to not to experience that pesky feeling of jet lag.   I don’t know about you, but when I move through time zones, jet lag hits me like a brick wall.   I’ve experienced it in Vegas, Hawaii and Europe and it never gets easier.  So when I travelled to Thailand this summer I was bound and determined to not feel the jet lag blues.

What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag is also called desynchronosis or flight fatigue.  It’s a temporary disorder that causes insomnia, low energy, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, dizziness, difficulty concentrating and daytime sleepiness.   It’s a consequence of travelling through time zones where we disrupt our circadian rhythm or internal body clock. Our bodies, bless their hearts, have an internal time clock.  Thus when we switch time zones, even though we may be in a new country, our bodies may be still stuck on home time.   This is why your bathroom habits and sleep habits can go wonky.  Your body may be on home time which is 11 am and ready to go for the day, while the current country your travelling in may be 10 pm and it’s time to get ready for bed.   See the problem?  The good news about jet lag is that it’s only temporary!  The general rule of thumb is that for every hour of change, it takes a 1/2 day to 1 full day to get over it.  So if you travel to Thailand which is 11 hours ahead it will take 5 1/2 to 11 days to get over it.   In my case, where I stretch my vacation out as long as I can, getting over jet lag quickly and getting back to work is imperative!

3 Tips To Beat Jet Lag

Top 3 Tips To Beat Jet Lag

So what can you do to prevent the miserable symptoms of jet lag? I put together the key supplements and tips I used on my recent vacation to help you reduce your jet lag and get you out sight seeing and exploring….or back to work.

  1.  Melatonin–  Melatonin is a small hormone that is produced in the pineal gland in the brain which controls your sleep and wake cycles.  When you’re flying and transitioning through time zones, this is one of the key supplements you can take to remarkably reduce and even prevent jet lag.  The average dose is between 1-5mg.  The Trophic Melatonin Spray I used also had 5-HTp and Lemon Balm which are great at helping the body to relax and induce sleep.
  2. Homeopathic Jet Lag– Homeopathic jet lag pellets can help to reduce the symptoms associated with jet lag.  They can help to alleviate fatigue, lethargy, insomnia, irritability and loss of concentration.  Take 2 pellets 3 times a day 2 days before you fly, 2 pellets every 2 hours on the flight and then 2 pellets 3 times a day 2-3 days after landing.  You will follow the same protocol when you fly home.
  3. Electrolyte Sachets– Did you know that flying causes dehydration? This is due to the reduced humidity in the airplane cabin versus what you are use to at home.  That doesn’t even take into account the possibility of enjoying an alcoholic beverage in celebration of your vacation.   So in addition to changing time zones causing jet lag, dehydration can worsen the symptoms of jet lag.  So stay hydrated!  Take a travel electrolyte solution in your carry-on and add it to a glass a water.

So go out and have an amazing vacation without the symptoms or side effects of jet lag!

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