We have previously written about what jet lag is, the symptoms and how to overcome it. In this article we will discuss tips on how to prevent Jet Lag.
Arrive early. – If you need to preform at your best for an important meeting or event arrive a few days early to adjust to your new timezone.
Get plenty of rest before your trip. Get the rest you need before your trip. Set a good sleeping schedule.
Gradually adjust your schedule before you leave. Mayo Clinic states,“If you’re traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you’re flying west. If possible, eat meals closer to the time you’ll be eating them at your destination.”
Stay on your new schedule. Avoid sleeping until night in new area, time meals with local meals and set your watch to the new time zone. Following a schedule can help you reduce the symptoms of Jet Lag.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on the plane and during your adventure. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these can dehydrate you and dehydration can create more severe jet lag symptoms.
Try to sleep on the plane if it’s nighttime at your destination. If it is daytime in the new location try to avoid sleeping. Though if it is nighttime in your destination try out eye masks and earplugs to block out noise and light to get a nice nap before arriving.
If you try these tips and avoid the symptoms of jet lag please share your experience in the comments below.
Source – MayoClinic.com
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One of the first indicators of dehydration (other than thirst) is being tired or sleepy. Caroline Jones says that “losing as little as 2% of your body’s normal water content can take its toll on your energy levels.” A warning sign for
dehydration is not peeing regularly or having dark pee. If you exhibit these signs along with tiredness you should make an effort to drink more water at regular intervals. As you increase your water intake you should notice an increase in your energy levels.
2. Sugar overload
Sugar offers a quick energy boost but your energy will crash after a few hours. Your body burns simple sugars quickly and sugary foods don’t give your body any long lasting fuel. Energy drinks and coffees are often full of sugar and even though they offer short term energy they can cause crashes and later. In addition to the sugar overload the caffeine in these drinks can also cause fatigue.
3. Iron deficiency
According to WebMD, “Anaemia is one of the top causes of feeling constantly run-down. It happens when the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry sufficient oxygen to your tissues and organs. It’s easily diagnosed with a blood test.”
David Highfield reported “Doctors say not enough iron in your diet can definitely make you feel tired and sluggish. Red meat and dark green leafy vegetables can help.”
One of the best ways to boost your iron is to eat iron rich foods such as red meats or steamed dark leafy gre
ens. Avoid green smoothies and raw leafy greens if you are iron deficient. Leafy greens, especially spinach, has something called oxalic acid. Oxalic acid binds iron and inhibits iron absorption. Steaming or cooking these vegetables can help with iron absorption.
4. Not enough exercise
Even if you already feel tired regular exercise can help boost your energy. Caroline Jones says this boost in energy “is because regular exercise makes your heart and lungs work more efficiently, delivering oxygen and vital nutrients around the body.” Even ten minutes of walking, yoga, or jogging can give you a pick-me-up.
Stress is something everyone deals with. Martin Budd said, “While a little stress helps to keep us on our toes, long-term stress – for example from work or relationship problems – can exhaust the body, as well as being emotionally draining.” Before you go to sleep try meditating for 10 minutes. Focus on your breathing or picture a favorite place in nature. If meditation isn’t for you try taking 10 deep breaths, completely filling and emptying your lungs each time.
Melatonin can also help you sleep better. Taking melatonin 30 minutes before you go to bed can help you fall and stay asleep.