‘Tis the season for traveling to see family and as a result, the possibility of sleep deprivation known as jet lag. Don’t let the name confuse you, jet lag can affect you whether you are flying, driving or taking a train. Jet lag is a temporary condition that can affect anyone who travels quickly through one time zone or multiple time zones, and subsequently our sleep-wake patterns (circadian rhythm) is disturbed. Symptoms of jet lag can include: sleep disturbances, lethargy and fatigue, irritability, confusion, mild depression, loss of appetite, and other feelings and disruptions that affect our daily bodily functions and needs.
Steps to reduce the affects of jet lag
Our bodies can take up to a day to re-sync, but there are steps that we can take to avoid the worst affects of jet lag:
- Exercise and eat healthy.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco products.
- Stay hydrated by drinking more water during travel.
- Before you travel, slowly adjust your sleep pattern to the time zone you are traveling to.
- Make use of sunlight. Getting outside during daytime hours can help to re-sync your circadian rhythm. Our bodies will adjust easier to the sun’s rotation of the day to night transition.
- Once at your destination try to avoid napping. If you feel that you need to nap try to keep it within 15 to 20 minutes that way you will not stay awake all night.
- Stay awake until 9 or 10 pm in your new timezone.
- Pack a little bit of home with you, such as your own sleeping pillow.
Eastbound travel versus westbound travel
Traveling east to west and west to east has different affects on our circadian rhythm. We find that jet lag is more prevalent when traveling eastbound versus westbound. When traveling westbound it is easier to adjust to a new sleep cycle since you gain daylight whereas eastbound you lose daylight.
RestoreZ jet lag solution
RestoreZ Circadian Timing Blend products can help support your sleep needs while traveling across different time zones.
For eastbound travelers try Deep Asleep for that extra help in regaining your natural sleep cycle while you are traveling. Take Deep Asleep about 20-30 minutes before your desired sleep time in your new time zone. If you need an extra boost during the day try taking Power Nap and stay awake until after 9 p.m on your first night, then go to bed at your usual time on subsequent nights.
For those traveling westbound or just changing one time zone, any of the other RestoreZ products should be taken as directed.