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Feb 28, 2019 16:13:18

Jetlag is a bitch

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 309 words | 🐣 | 272💌

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It's one in the morning and I can't freakin sleep. It's my own fault though, as I slept too long into the day after arriving with a flight at 5 am this morning. 

That's a great opportunity to remind me and everyone else of the best practices for overcoming jetlag. 

During the flight:

Stay hydrated - Your body has to deal with a lot of change when you zap through multiple timezones. Make sure to drink enough water.

No alcohol and coffee - It's tempting to opt for the free booze and coffee, but it will make everything just worth. 

Get some rest - I envy people who settle into their seat and start snoring after 30 seconds. I have a hard time sleeping on planes and always come equipped with an eye mask, earplugs, neck pillow, and sleeping pills. The latter knock me out cold and make sure I get enough sleep. Those are best to be used on night flights with 8 hours +.

After the flight:

Be active - When you arrive at your destination, try to stay active all day. Go for a walk in the fresh air, explore your destination, or go the gym for a light workout when you're at home. This will make the adjustment easier. 

Take only short naps - If you feel so tired that you can't keep your eyes open for one more minute, there is no way around a nap. Limit it to 30 minutes max though. When you sleep longer, you'll move into a deep sleep and wake up groggy and disoriented. 

Use melatonin to adjust - Melatonin can gently help you go to sleep when you're not tired yet. This might be necessary when you have to quickly adjust to a new timezone and have to be fresh the next day. 

Does anybody else have any other tips or tricks for dealing with jetlag? Let me know!

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    @juliasaxena These are good tips. The science says that each hour of time difference requires about a day for adjustment.Melatonin has been shown to be effective to minimize jet lag. Going along with your tip about being active is getting outside. The primary way the body resets the circadian rhythm is by sunlight exposure.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 28, 2019 08:22:55
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      @brandonwilson That's right! Sunlight exposure plays a big part.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Mar 01, 2019 09:33:51
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