If you’ve ever traveled across the world, or even flew a couple of time zones away, then you’ve felt the effects of jet lag. While some people have it worse than others, you can use some tricks to fight jet lag! To tackle the challenges of jet lag, we have to first understand the underlying symptoms. So what is jet lag and why does it happen?
Jet lag is a phenomenon that occurs when you travel across time zones so quickly that your body is not yet accustomed to the change in time. It is especially apparent when you relocate to the other side of the globe where time differences are 11-13 hours from your regular schedule, and the disparity is night and day. While you may be used to being up at 4 pm in the States, it may feel a bit strange to have that same energy at 4 am in China. Being awake at 4 am in a different country is certainly disconcerting but more importantly, it is unproductive and can be detrimental to your sleep schedule and can affect the way you explore exciting new places. It has been estimated that you need a day for every time zone crossed to regain your normal bodily rhythms and energy levels which mean that if you have a five hour time difference, it will require five days to get back to normal. This can be pretty problematic for people who only spend a couple of weeks abroad at a time.
Here are some tip on fighting jet lag.
No alcohol is usually a smart choice. You want to be keeping your body as healthy and hydrated as possible, especially when your body is attempting to adjust. Do try to spend some time outdoors when you arrive. Keeping yourself near and around sunlight will allow your brain to recognize day and night and help you to naturally adjust faster. Even keeping your work space very well lit if you’re stuck indoors during daylight can be effective! The key is to stay awake when you’re supposed to be productive and getting a full night of rest. It is helpful to consume natural sugars found in fruit to keep you energized during the day and give yourself an hour before bed to decompress to ensure a relaxing night of sleep.
So how do Massages help? Massages can instantly help fight jet lag by stimulating parts of your body that are used for syncing your circadian rhythm. Specifically, massages stimulate the lymphatic system which is responsible for maintaining the balance of body fluids, boost your immune system, and help circulate nutrients to vital organs. Getting a proper massage can effectively deal with your body’s waste and help get rid of shoulder tension and puffy ankles and eyes which are all symptoms of a stressful day of travel. Additionally, massages help relax the body, physically and psychologically. Massage allows your body and mind to unwind, reset and can enable you to find your circadian rhythm naturally. Any headaches and muscle pain acquired from the plane ride can also be decreased with a single session!
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