Navigating Your Summer Travel: How to Avoid Jet Lag
When jet lag sets in, it is no joke! You’re all geared up for the first day of your trip when you wake up and can’t seem to get out of bed. How can you make adjusting to new time zones simpler? While steering clear of jet lag completely isn’t possible, there are many ways you can reduce its effects. In this article, we discuss ways to avoid jet lag, allowing you to enjoy your vacation to its maximum potential!
What is Jet Lag?
Jet lag is a series of symptoms that occur when you travel across time zones. It is a direct result of our circadian rhythm being disrupted and our internal clocks feeling out of whack. In general, it takes a day to adjust for every time zone you’ve crossed. The Mayo Clinic provides symptoms of jet lag to be-
- Disturbed sleep — such as insomnia, early waking, or excessive sleepiness
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usual level
- Stomach problems, constipation, or diarrhea
- A general feeling of not being well
- Mood changes
How to Avoid Jet Lag
Fatigue? Irritability? Sleepiness? No thank you! The symptoms of jet lag are the exact opposite of how we want to be feeling on Summer vacation. While avoiding jet lag completely isn’t possible (even travel pros experience jet lag every once in a while), there are many ways you can minimize the impact and maximize your trip. Check out some tips and tricks below.
Consider Which Direction You're Traveling
The direction you are flying can make a difference! For example, if you are flying East to West you will have to wake up/go to bed earlier than you normally would. Flying West to East means staying up later. Resetting your internal clock to get into the rhythm of your new time zone will be easiest if you force yourself to stay up later or get up earlier.
Start to Shift Prior to Travel
Though it can be difficult to commit to, gradually moving mealtimes and bedtimes closer to your destination's schedule can help get your mind and body used to a different time zone. Begin training your brain in your new time zone prior to travel as well!
You might think we are obsessed with hydration here at Vena and that’s because we are. Hydration is so important, especially while we are traveling! Dehydration is common while traveling by air and can worsen symptoms of jet lag. When in doubt, fluids before and during your travel.
Sleep While En Route
We know some people have trouble sleeping on planes but sleeping while en route to your destination can really help minimize your jet lag when you land. A few hacks for sleeping while traveling include noise-canceling headphones and eye masks.
Sometimes you need some additional support to shake off that jet lag. CBD can help!
Restful Night Capsules
Wide awake at 2 am from jet lag? CBD, in combination with the right ingredients such as Melatonin or Magnesium, can help to calm many of the root causes of sleeplessness and lead you closer to the promise of a good night's rest. Vena's Restful Night Capsules are a great isolate option that blends CBD with Melatonin and Magnesium to support a healthy sleep cycle during travel.
Rise + Shine Capsules
Vena’s Rise + Shine Capsules pave the way for a full day of sightseeing (or working) in a new place! Infused with active ingredients and a proprietary wellness blend, Rise + Shine starts your day with a boost and provides stamina to push through jet lag. It gets you up and invigorated before sunrise so your body can get back on track while traveling!
Goodbye Jet Lag, Hello Vacation!
Skipping jet lag means more time to enjoy your vacation. Training your internal clock, staying hydrated, getting proper sleep, and bringing your favorite CBD products along on your travels could all aid you in avoiding jet lag. Vena has got your back.
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