How to Soothe Jet Lag
One thing that is not focused on much when internationally traveling is jet lag, its effects, and preventative measures. Jet lag is not a serious issue that requires any medical attention. It is simply a bodily state resulting from prompt travel to a drastically different time zone. You won’t be feeling jet-lagged traveling from Connecticut to California… but more so when you’re traveling to Europe from the States. If you choose to study abroad, which is always an international outing, you may experience your internal clock to become slightly disoriented. Although, you may be a fortunate one who does not undergo the forces of jet lag. Regardless, here are some helpful hints to soothe it provided you do catch this jet syndrome.
Before packing, departing, and all that good stuff, change up the time you go to sleep and wake up! Do your research on the time zone you will be traveling to and convert your sleeping schedule accordingly. Accommodating this should alleviate the intensity of the jet lag. It takes about a full 24 hours to recoup upon arrival at your international destination, so keep that in mind if you do become jet-lagged.
Soak in Those Sunbeams
Savoring sunlight every day is necessary even if you are not vulnerable to the potential of jet lag. Absorbing that vitamin D radiating from the sun is essential, especially once you have reached your altered-time-zoned destination. The sun is a dynamic aid in adjusting your body clock, so be sure to spend a bit of time outside under the sun when you get to wherever you are going!
Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids
As a disclaimer, over-the-counter medicine does not require a prescription or license to prescribe. If you need medication that is a more potent sleep aid, consult your doctor, as this is not a blog authorized to disclose medical advice. This mention of an over-the-counter sleep aid presumes Melatonin as the supplement to take. It is well-known you take this as an accessory to relieve symptoms of fatigue; it ensures your sleep to be more leisurely and unproblematic. Melatonin is a significant addition to your trip; it will be a life-saver when you are recovering from the burnout of international travel. Be careful to use it temporarily, though! This supplement’s intended purpose is solely for when you need assistance with sleep recovery. Only utilize it when your lack of energy is extreme, and you need to readjust. Perfect for a global trip! You need that energy to explore.
Decrease Caffeine Intake
A lot of people look forward to their morning, afternoon, and sometimes late afternoon (yikes!) coffee. But with overseas travel in your upcoming plans, it’s best to try and ween off the caffeine machine for a bit. The overall intake of caffeine will hamper any chance of you getting and staying asleep. Refraining from caffeine intake is most imperative when you’re altering your sleep schedule to accommodate international time belts. It’s acceptable to have a little here and there, but once you’re on that plane, train, or automobile in which your destination is international, avoid that caffeine!
Implement Physical Activity
Moving your body, especially outside, is another aid in assisting your mental physique to adapt to your temporary new time zone. With physical activity implemented, you’re killing two birds with one stone – getting physical stimulation and sponging up more vitamin D under the sun!
While becoming jet-lagged will not happen to everyone, it’s a necessity to be in the know! Here at Globally Abroad, we want you to feel nothing short of prepared for your next trip abroad. Feel free to get in contact with us to learn more about upcoming programs! Stay #GloballyInterconnected!
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Rebekah but free to call her Bekah. In addition to her Associate’s in General Studies, she holds a B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric, with a minor in Psychology. When she’s not writing she is working as a dance instructor at a high school. Apart from working, in general, Bekah enjoys reading a good true crime book, listening to true crime podcasts hiking and anything fitness.