A Few Tips to Conquer Jet Lag

 

The disruption to normal schedules caused by flying and especially jet lag makes plane travel rarely hassle free and are a complete disaster for sleep patterns.  Cancelled flights, bad weather, lost luggage can even send the most stable of travelers into an emotional frenzy at airports. Try these tips if you are traveling between time zones.  They may not succeed for everyone, but they may keep you from yawning your way through your traveling.  Try these tips if you are traveling between time zones.  They may not succeed for everyone, but they may keep you from yawning your way through your traveling.

 

PRESCRIPTION SLEEP MEDICATIONS

These medications should never be taken without a prescription, nor mixed with alcohol.  Also, try to test it at home before using away on your trip or for the first time on a plane.  Lunesta, Ambien, and Sonata are some popular choices for Doctors to prescribe to patients.

 

ADJUST YOUR SLEEPING HOURS

Adjusting to the time zone you’re traveling to before you go home can help to avoid jet lag.  If you are flying west, try staying up later that you normally would a couple days before the flight.  If flying east try going to sleep an hour earlier than usual a few nights before your flight.

 

MELATONIN

Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle.  Levels increase after dark, peak overnight, and then drop in the morning.  Melatonin is a natural hormone also sold as a supplement.  Taking Melatonin after dark on the day you are traveling as well as for a few days thereafter should work best.  Be sure to consult your Doctor because it can interact with medications and if taken improperly can actually disrupt sleep.

 

LAVENDER OIL

Lavender oil has been proven to be a sleep enhancer.  Lavender acts as a mild sedative, encouraging deep sleep and leaving the people who took it feeling more refreshed the next day.  Even putting a few drops on your hotel pillows is relaxing and creates a lovely aroma for sleeping.

 

ADJUST YOUR SLEEPING HOURS

Adjusting to the time zone you’re traveling to before you go home can help to avoid jet lag.  If you are flying west, try staying up later that you normally would a couple days before the flight.  If flying east try going to sleep an hour earlier than usual a few nights before your flight.

 

STAY HYDRATED

Try to drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air—even if you aren’t thirsty.  Pack a bottle of moisturizing lotion, lip balms, and hydrating spray with essential oils to spritz your face with.   Hydration is huge when it comes to feeling energized and less tired.