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Aligned Signs Blog - Astrology, Dating, Horoscope, Love

5 Ways To Beat Jet Lag

5 Ways To Beat Jet Lag

By Aligned Signs (721 words)
Posted in Healthy Living on July 1, 2016

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School is out, the sun doesn't seem to set, and the weather is always great. That can only mean one thing, summer! It's time to break out the swimsuits and to let your hair down. You can finally start relaxing a bit more. Summer is all about letting the good times roll and staying out. It's also means breaking out a map and deciding what summer adventure awaits you!

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You might find that many times, summer adventures lead you to a foreign country. Travelling abroad is one of the most exciting things you could do, but it also brings a few stresses likes figuring out how to get around in a place where you don't know the language. But the worst stress you'll have to tackle almost immediately is jet lag. 

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Jet lag wreaks havoc on any vacation. There's nothing like spending countless hours on a plane not being able to sleep, only to then finding yourself restless in bed. Jet lag may seem like an impossible thing to conquer, but there are some steps you can take to keep jet lag at bay.

 

1. Melatonin

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Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle. Some studies have shown that taking Melatonin supplements can help fight off jet lag. Try taking a supplement after dark on the day that you travel, and for a few days thereafter. If you're currently taking other medications, remember to consult your doctor to see if it's safe to take Melatonin supplements with your meds.

2. Adjust Your Time

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If you're travelling abroad where you'll be 8 hours ahead of home time, you might want to start adjusting your time a few days before. Try sleeping an hour earlier each night. You can also adjust your mealtimes as well. Once you get on the plane, get on destination time. 

3. Stay Hydrated 

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Staying in a dry and pressurized cabin for hours can take its toll on you. It also makes you extremely dehydrated. When you're dehydrated, you feel tired and sluggish. You don't need that extra fatigue on top of what you'd already be feeling from the trip over. Keep drinking water and stay hydrated.

4. Keep Active

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The worst thing you could do once you get off the plane is to sit on your bed. You are most likely going to lie down and nap once you feel that bed beneath you. That nap will then turn into a full blown sleep, and you're whole sleep schedule will be off. What you need to do is set your stuff down, freshen up a bit, and get out there! Go for a walk around your new neighborhood and start exploring. But if your body is telling you that it needs some rest, then listen to it and take a nap. Just make sure you have a nap and not a deep sleep.

5. Nightly Rituals

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Doing your pre-bedtime ritual from home can help you beat jet lag. It gets you in the right mindset to get to sleep, no matter the time. Drink tea, take a warm shower or read a book. Turn off all electronics or try to avoid them an hour before sleep. These things can get you in the right headspace to sleep.

 

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