There are many reasons to travel to new time zones. Such as business, family vacation, romantic getaway or a competition. Whatever your reason for travel don’t let jet lag get in the way. There are several side effects of jet lag that can ruin a trip.
Side effects can include the following: fatigue, headache, insomnia, dizziness, upset stomach, reduced appetite, and tiredness. No one wants to experience these downers while traveling and visiting beautiful landmarks.
The following are some tips on how to survive jet lag and truly enjoy your far off travels. These tips are from an article found on EZ Cycling News
- If travelling more than 4 time zones westward or more than 3 times zones eastward, try to arrive at your destination at least 1 day early for each time zone crossed prior to your event.
- Preset sleep/wake cycles to the destination time zone several days prior to departing. For eastward travel, sleep and wake earlier. For westward travel, sleep and wake later.
- If one is prone to insomnia after arrival, then taking a prescribed sedative medication like zopiclone will help one fall and stay asleep. Some people may also find melatonin works in a similar way.
- Light therapy/phototherapy (eg. Litebook, Lumie, etc.) can be used. Most products have web-based calculators to help determine when light exposure should be scheduled depending the departure and arrival destination.
Like tip three states melatonin might be helpful to calm the mind to be able to fall asleep. The best time to take melatonin is one hour before the desired time to fall asleep. Talk to a healthcare professional to see if melatonin could be the right choice for you for your next international adventure.
If your doctor does suggest melatonin check out Worldwide Labs for the Jet Lag Kit.