We are proud to announce that our blog has been featured in an elite Travel Health Blogs list curated by HealthExpress.co.uk, an online clinic providing support, advice and treatment for common medical conditions, including travel related diseases. As a dedicated member of a wider travel health team, they have provided some guest content for us from one of their resident experts. The piece provides some useful tips on how to prevent a common travelers hitch, jet lag.
Jet lag can affect anyone when traveling, regardless of age or gender. It usually occurs when traveling through 3 or more time zones and can significantly disrupt your natural body clock (circadian rhythm.) This clock is what regulates your natural routines like sleeping and waking up and disturbing it can cause frustrating symptoms such as loss of appetite, fatigue, headaches and lack of concentration. If you want to stay free from such symptoms, follow the advice below:
- Modify your sleeping pattern a couple of days prior to traveling so that you are accustomed to the new time zone.
- Make sure you rest sufficiently during the flight and take frequent naps.
- Keep hydrated with plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol, which has been known to aggravate symptoms while inadvertently keeping you awake.
- Seek natural sunlight once you arrive.
- Consider a melanin-based treatment, which can ease symptoms and regulate your sleeping patterns.
- Eat a high protein breakfast on the first morning in your destination. This can help you to avoid tiredness throughout the day.
The symptoms of jet lag can have an impact on your overall enjoyment of the holiday but if you follow the useful tips above, you should be able to avoid such symptoms and have a more pleasurable trip. If you want a visual representation of information above, you should also check out the HealthExpress jet lag action plan.