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What are the effective remedies (natural or not) for jet lag?
Trying to het myself used to the new time always help. I mean instead of spending the few hours looking at your watch and doing things in your 'old time' change the time to the new time in your watch and try to do things according to that.
It also helps to travel at night time so you can sleep most of the flight and then just carry on with your business once you arrive to your destination.
International travel from Australia involves very long flights and big time shifts, so I leave myself 24 hours to rest and reset my clock before I book any appointments at my destination.
I also try to sleep on the flight.
We travel long haul a couple of times a year from the UK to Arizona. I think definitely flying at night is better. Also, my daughter hardly eats on the aeroplane and has never had jet lag badly. I watched a documentary last year where they were investigating jet lag and the findings suggested that 'not eating' or eating little was helpful. That said, it's hard not to eat when you're hungry. Also, not drinking alcohol or just keeping it to the minimum certainly seems to be helpful. There is also the suggestion to start getting into the new routine shortly before you travel if it is feasible. Jet lag is a terrible thing and I guess we must remember that travelling through times zones may be commonplace but it is not normal for our bodies/minds which must become confused. They say that for each hours time difference it takes a day of recovery. So an eight hour time difference will take most people approximately eight days to return to normal. When we went to Australia a few years ago jet lag was really tough going. Also, we find it worse coming back home rather than going. That could be because on the way back we are going forward in time and also because when you are going home it is usually combined with going back to work and routine and signals the end of the holidays. On the way out one is often full of anticipation. Anyway, enough said (sorry for going on a bit) but hope you find something useful here.
Jet lag is caused by a circadian rythym disruption. The circadian rythym is a 24-hour cycle that influences the way we eat, sleep, and behave through different biochemicals. In jet lag, one of the primary biochemicals it affects is melatonin. Melatonin induces sleepliness. When we travel, it shifts the peaks of our melatonin levels. One of the best ways to correct this imbalance is through light. An easy way to reshift melatonin peaks is through wakeup lights or sunrise alarm clocks. A wakeup light uses a gradually intensifying light for approximately 30 minutes before we awaken. Although it may sound like gimmick, it's not. Many people have been helped with light therapy not only for jet lag but for chronic insomnia caused by reduced light levels during the fall and winter. Their is many different brand names of wakeup light available with many different features available. One of the best places on the net I've seen for wakeup lights and also SAD lights is bestsadlights.com. I hope this helps.
I forgot to add, they also have very small wakeup lights that fit perfectly in your suitcase.
I've found that drinking coffee to get over jet lag almost always increases the time it takes to recover. Rehydrating with water is always a better idea, in my experience.
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