Dealing With Different Timezones
By Val McQueen
When you are traveling and it means that you have to go across many time zones it can really affect your body. Your body clock gets confused as to what time it is and this feeling is commonly known as jet lag.
When you get to feel like this it is as though you have just been given strong medication or you have had a heavy drinking session and it is commonly referred to as jet lag but according to some of the experts it is possible to ease the effects of jet lag when you are traveling like this.
You can start a few days before you are due to depart on your trip. It is as simple as changing the time you go to bed by 1 hour for every day and getting used to living in the new time zone. If you plan to travel east then you must go to bed 1 hour earlier and if you are traveling west then go to bed 1 hour later.
This must also mean that you only sleep for the same amount of time as usual. It is no good going to bed one hour earlier and sleeping later as this can defeat the object.
As soon as you board your flight you should then alter your watch to the new time zone that you will be experiencing once you arrive. You should then try to do everything as you would normally in that time as though you were at your destination. If you watch says it is meal time then try to have a meal.
Likewise if your watch is telling you that it is bedtime you should try to sleep as usual. During your flight it is better to keep well hydrated by having lots to drink as long as you discount coffee and alcohol in this drinking.
When you finally arrive at your planned destination it is important that you do not take a nap no matter how tired you are. You have to try to keep on going until your new time zone bedtime or at least as close as you can to this new bedtime.
If you arrive in the morning or afternoon try to spend a bit of time in the sun as this can improve your chances of getting your body clock adjusting properly. If you feel that you cannot go on without a nap then try to not have any longer than 1 hour.