Coping with Jet Lag and Sleepiness!

After a long flight you can be left feeling ill, confused and unable to keep awake during the day, or you may find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night. Some people suffer more than others, but

 few of us escape entirely.

Did you know that massage can calm insomnia symptoms brought on by Jet Lag? This is a condition where a traveler’s internal clock is out of sync with the external environment. People experiencing jet lag have a difficult time maintaining their internal, routine sleep-wake pattern in their new location, because external stimuli, like sunshine and local timetables, dictate a different pattern. For this reason, one can feel lethargic one moment and excited the next.

Release the stress of traveling with a relaxing therapeutic massage. A massage session will soothe the nervous system and enhance calm thinking and creativity. The healing benefits of therapeutic massage will rejuvenate your mind and body, preparing you to perform at your best.

In addition to massage, try the following tricks the next time you fly.

• Start resetting your body clock before you fly. Shift your bedtime by an hour or two in the right direction starting three days before your trip.

•Drink lots of water before, during, and after your flight. Experts recommend that you drink at least two 8-ounce glasses just before departure. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink up. Thirst doesn’t necessarily precede the symptoms of dehydration, which can set in without warning.

•The minute you step into the airplane cabin, adopt the hour of the time zone you’re traveling to. Reset your watch and start to think according to the new time zone.

•Avoid drinking alcohol or ingesting other depressants, such as Dramamine or other motion-sickness drugs, before, and during your flight.

•Eat more lightly than you are accustomed to before your flight and while you’re in the air.

•Daytime naps are OK to take after you arrive, but keep them to 30 minutes or less so they don’t interfere with your nighttime sleep

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Posted on October 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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