You’ve just arrived in Tokyo after a 12-hour flight from London, and while your brain is telling you to hit Shibuya for a traditional Japanese breakfast followed by a day of urban exploration, your body just can’t seem to keep up. Ah, there’s nothing quite as exasperating as the inability to sleep disrupting your planned-to-the-minute travel itinerary. But the good news is you don't have to let it completely derail your travel plans. Read on for more information about jet lag, its causes, and the steps you can take to combat this long distance travel disorder before it takes over your next trip.
What Is Jet Lag?
As frequent flyers know too well, jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that occurs after crossing multiple time zones quickly. In fact, the more time zones you traverse at once, the more likely you are to experience symptoms—like fatigue and general sluggishness—and the longer you’re likely to feel their effecrts.
What Causes Jet Lag?
Jet lag occurs after crossing multiple time zones because it disrupts external cues (like daylight and mealtimes) that regulate our internal circadian clocks, forcing the body to adjust its rhythm to the new time zone. Flying from west to east? Chances are you’ll experience heightened symptoms since you’re “losing time” across zones, making it more challenging for your body to catch up. That explains your trouble sleeping, but often, insomnia is just the tip of the iceberg. Dehydration, anxiety, lightheadedness, increased stress levels, and decreased productivity are just a few more unglamorous symptoms that can quickly take the pep out of your step abroad.
Combat Jet Lag Before It Starts
There are a few things you can do to proactively minimize the effects of jet lag before they start. Begin by avoiding rich foods that put pressure on your digestive system before take off, and stay hydrated with plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and alcohol in-flight. Once you’re at cruising altitude, natural JetRyte tablets are a must thanks to their unique formula designed to address multiple symptoms of jet lag at once. Vitamin C, B6, and B12 give a boost to your immune system, while ingredients like melatonin lower anxiety levels allowing passengers to relax during air travel, and perhaps even catch a few winks. Simply drop the tablet in a bottle of water after takeoff, and once fully dissolved, drink up. Try to get some sleep en route to your destination, and upon arrival, stay active and be sure to get plenty of daylight. You may not completely rid yourself of the tiresome symptoms of jet lag, but we promise you'll be back on your feet in no time.
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