As you work through changing your body's clock, keep in mind you may need extra time when you get to your destination, too. This can be especially important before a business meeting or if you're heading somewhere during the busy holiday season. Arrive early and give your body even more time to adjust. Since jet lag comes on primarily when you're circadian rhythm is thrown out of whack, you need to do whatever you can to limit the effects. That might also mean tricking your body through the use of supplements such as melatonin[, which is a natural chemical in the body that helps regulate our sleep.
Preparation leading up to your flight is crucial to fighting the effects of jet lag. But if you feel it setting in, be prepared to deal with it. Have plenty of water readily available and don't be afraid to carry medicines that will help alleviate your symptoms. What works for one person may not work for everyone. That's why the best way to fight jet lag is to educate yourself and be prepared. Only then will you be able to function properly while hopping time zones.
For more on jet lag and other travel-related topics, take a look at the links below.
- Cunha, John P. DO. "Jet Lag." Medicine.net. (May 20, 2010) http://www.medicinenet.com/jet_lag/article.htm
- Peri, Camille. "How to Cope with Jet Lag." WebMD. (May 19, 2010) http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/jet-lag-remedies
- University of Iowa Health Care. "Health Topics: Dehydration." (May 21, 2010) http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/digestivesystem/dige3498.html
- WebMD. "Insomnia (Chronic and Acute) Causes and Symptoms." (May 20, 2010) http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes
- WebMD. "Melatonin Overview." (May 20, 2010) http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin-overview
- WebMD. "Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies." (May 21, 2010) http://women.webmd.com/pharmacist-drugs-medication-9/natural-sleep-remedies
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