With the holidays just around the corner, people are bookin’ flights and getting ready to hit different time zones. Is there anything worse than arriving to a new place, and being slammed by jet lag?
Jet lag presents in all sorts of ways, and can vary from person to person. Symptoms generally include insomnia, drowsiness, muscle aches, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. It can also affect your appetite, your mood, and potentially your metabolism.
So, what exactly is jet lag? It’s a disruption to your circadian rhythm. What’s a circadian rhythm? It’s a 24-hour clock that’s influenced and regulated by our exposure to sunlight. It’s responsible for your daily physical, mental, and behavioural changes.
When your circadian rhythm is outta whack, you’re outta whack.
I bet you wanna know what you can do to overcome jet lag? We’ll tell ya.
Here are 5 Tips to Beat Jet Lag
Ok, well you can nap. But it can’t be for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Your body has a minimum amount of sleep required to function, and when you’re crossing time zones and losing sleep, short naps could help you reach your daily regular sleep requirement.
Remember how we told you that you circadian rhythm is influenced by how much sunlight you get? Well the sooner you get outside - into the sunlight - the sooner your body is able to recover. Plus, you get the added benefit of Vitamin D.
Your shower game.
Melatonin - your body’s sleep regulation hormone - is regulated by changes in body temperature. So switch up your shower routine. Take a cold shower at night, and a warm one in the morning. Yes, it sounds counterintuitive, but trust us on this.
Get your sweat on early in the morning. It’ll release all of those lovely endorphins, and help to reset your internal clock. If possible, avoid working out within a few hours of bedtime - that could cause further disruption and confuse your body even more.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol.
Yeah, we said it. One’s an upper, one’s a downer, both are stimulants that have the ability to eff your bioclock right up. If you can’t survive a morning without your cup o’ joe, just minimize your consumption until things are back to normal.
What is YOUR favorite way to get through jet lag? Help a friend out and share your words of wisdom!
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