Circadian Rhythm and the Jet Lag Blues – Mia Terra Retreats
Like a hangover, everyone has a “cure” for jet lag. Fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inability to sleep are the most common symptoms. Some people even have digestive problems.
The condition is a result of high speed travel across multiple time zones. It disrupts our circadian rhythm, the inner clock that controls our sleeping and waking patterns.
According to experts, there is no surefire cure for this condition. But there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and help your body recover more quickly from rapid time change. Different people respond in different ways to these preventive and follow-up measures, so you’ll have to experiment a little to see what works best for you. Here are a few things you can try.
Drink lots of water before, during and after the flight
I know this is hard during the flight, especially for women, because you have to make frequent trips to the restroom. Jet restrooms are cramped, often dirty (especially on overseas flights) and it’s hard to maneuver around a seat-mate if you have a window seat. The aisles are tight and there may be turbulence. But just do it. Drink water.
Some airlines are better than others about providing water to their passengers. In the best case scenario, attendants will bring around a pitcher of water and a cup periodically throughout the flight. Some airlines provide self-serve water stations, usually near the restrooms. Others are down-right stingy. Sometimes the flight attendants seem annoyed if you ask for water. But ask anyway, if they don’t offer it.