Yesterday we told you about how we are living our lives lately in perpetual jet lag We're tired - a lot. Traveling will always have its ups and downs, but perhaps jet lag is one of the bad parts that can be overcome, leaving you with more energy to focus on the good parts - the remarkable experiences - instead. NASA uses sleep masks to help their astronauts acclimate to sleeping in new settings; sunglasses are another valuable tool ( A Battle Plan for Jet Lag , The New York Times).
It NEVER caused any regressions past the first few days to adjust. Everyone else might benefit from booking a flight that touches down in the early evening, local time. When you're travelling by plane and crossing into different time zones, your body's normal circadian rhythm - your body clock - is disrupted.
When you travel and your time zone shifts more than two hours, especially going east, jet lag is often a constant companion. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks for a few hours prior to sleep at night. The bad news is that how people cope with sleep deprivation and jet lag is varied and individual.
If we can get our flights for less than $100 difference to arrive in the morning we will pay the extra because we have a full day which does not make too much sense to save a little money to arrive in the evening then pay for your hotel without seeing too much on the first day.
In order to adjust faster to the new time zone you could take melatonin as a medicine. Instead, do your best to book flights from daylight to daylight. Having a rigid routine of eating and sleeping will make it harder to adjust to new time zones. If you've travelled on a long haul flight, the chances are you've experienced jet lag at some point especially when travelling on business.
His internal clock was completely turned upside down with the 9 hour time change - morning was night, night was morning. Travelling through different time zones requires an adjustment of these rhythms, and can result in fatigue, indigestion, concentration loss… you know the rest.
You consulted your Las Vegas physician or the travel clinic (never accept a sleeping pill from a family member or friend). Moving around day and night really confuses your body's biorhythm. Sure, I'll feel like a zombie for the first day, but as long as I fall asleep that night, I'll be okay for the rest of the trip.
During all the years of extensive traveling through many different time zones we never really paid much attention to jet lag. When we cross different time zones, our bodies think it's a different time and it can take a while to synchronise. However, I have other friends who prefer to struggle through the day flight with kids then arrive exhausted at night and all fall into bed.
The number of days you will be jet lagged will equal the number of time zones you cross. Sitting in a dry, air-conditioned aeroplane for many hours can make you dehydrated which will intensify the effects of jet lag. Try and get a decent night of sleep before you travel.
My favourite explanation for jet lag is soul delay William Gibson explains that this is when your body arrives after a long flight, but your soul can't travel as fast as a jet and you can become discombobulated while you wait for your soul to catch up. If you have a couple of hours in transit as part of a long-haul flight, it's tempting to try to find a quiet place to nap, but I've found I bounce back better if I keep moving.
Some sleep scientists conjecture that it can take up to one day per time zone crossed for your body to catch up to your new environment. In these cases, you're just tired from the flight, and a good night's sleep and perhaps some exercise will set things right.
While sedatives can definitely help with sleep deprivation or broken sleep on the flight, there's a very real risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), especially if you're in economy or premium economy sleeping upright and squashed into a seat.