Jet lag happens due to traveling across different time zones in the world. It causes fatigue because of sleep disruption.
When we travel in high speed in air, body still thinks that we are into biological clock that we are accustomed to and left behind.
Our circadian rhythm will be totally disrupted.
Generally, it takes 2 days to 1 week to get back to normalcy and adjust to new time zone.
Symptoms of jet lag: Irritability, indigestion, insomnia, headache, lethargy, confusion and nausea
Do you know? Symptom of jet lag is more when you travel towards Eastward because one will feel days is long.
To minimize jet lag effect:
- Be physically fit – Do not stop your exercise before traveling. Rest properly and eat well balanced meal. Go for walk and visit gym for your routine exercise.
- Take care of your medical condition: If you have heart disease, lung disease, diabetes – make sure to carry your medicine and be well prepared. Select a meal option that suites you in flight. Avoid non-vegetarian food.
- Drink plenty of water before and during flight. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
- Books – Some people read books and magazines during their journey to adjust to new time zone. Reading helps brain creating any confusion that may arise after the journey.
- Set your watch to the time zone of your destination before your travel.
- If you are traveling West – stay awake if you can because coping with longer day is easy. Few days’ practice going to bed and wake up earlier before your travel to West.
- If you are flying East -Try to catch up sleep in the flight. Once you reach your destination, sleep only during night and your body clock will get adjust easily.
- Avoid taking sleeping pills. Try to adjust with above tips and your jet lag will come down.