4 Natural Cures for Jet Lag
The lethargy, fatigue, and moodiness associated with jet lag can make the first days of any trip almost unbearable. Even though it's a temporary disorder, jet lag can throw your internal clock for a loop which can make it difficult for you to bounce back.
Why It Occurs
Jet lag occurs after traveling long distances. Let's say you're traveling from San Francisco to London. The body's circadian rhythm, also known as your internal clock, needs to adjust to the eight hour time difference. If you arrive at 7:00 p.m. in London, your body still feels as if it's 11:00 a.m. The new time zone may be difficult for the body to adjust to resulting in a variety of symptoms that includes, but is not limited to:
- Memory loss
What You Can Do About It
Most travelers submit to jet lag as if it's an inevitable part of their trip. But this doesn't have to be the case. Following these tips will allow your body to overcome and cope with flight fatigue:
1. Stay fit. If you're already in good physical shape and eat well, your body is already better prepared to handle the rigors of time change.
2. Adjust your schedule. According to a study on overcoming jet lag published by the New England Journal of Medicine and reported by MSNBC.com, napping frequently at short intervals during the first days of your vacation will help regulate your circadian clock.
3. Take natural medications. The same study found that forcing yourself to sleep with the natural sleep agent melatonin or forging ahead and staying awake with the aid of caffeine will reset your body's rhythms. Keep in mind, however, that caffeine may exacerbate any dehydration you may be experiencing as a result of your trip. So stay hydrated.
4. Adjust beforehand. If possible, begin your adjustment to time changes prior to travel. You can do this by going to sleep and waking earlier, or the opposite. Slowly work your way toward mirroring the time difference in the new location.
Feeling groggy? Simple cures for jet lag
Sign Up for Free Newsletters
Ask Your Doctor the RIGHT Questions!
the most from your doctor visit.
Emailed right to you!
The Ask Your Doctor email series
may contain sponsored content.
18+, US residents only please.
Explore Original Articles About...
Get the MOST from QualityHealth
- Top Searches
- 1. Arthritis Management: Nature Heals
- 2. 5 Digestive To-Dos
- 3. Men: Should You Shave It or Leave It?
- 4. Today's Top Fitness Trends
- 5. Sugar and Osteoarthritis : The Link
- 6. Can't Afford Your Hospital Bills?
- 7. Stay Energized All Day Long
- 8. Phobias: Who Has Them and Why?
- 9. What If Your EpiPen Fails?
- 10. 5 Costly Medical Billing Mistakes
- 1. Hotter Temperatures Linked To Kidney Stones
- 2. Summer Bug Bites: What to Look For
- 3. Skin Health Advice with Dr. Kenneth Beer
- 4. Summer Safety Tips That Every Parent Needs To Know
- 5. Sugar and Your Immunity System
- 6. Do Weight Loss Supplements Work?
- 7. 5 Super Foods for Spring
- 8. The Hazards of Reusable Bags
- 9. How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs
- 10. Health Tip: Constantly Change Shoes
- 1. 4 Common Treatments for Epilepsy
- 2. What Does a Urogynecologist Do?
- 3. GERD Without Heartburn? It's Possible
- 4. Graston Technique: Can It Work on You?
- 5. Music Therapy Can Help Autism
- 6. 8 Ways to Fight MS-Related Fatigue
- 7. Can You Still Bleed After Menopause?
- 8. Be Your Own Health Care Advocate
- 9. Why Is Syphillis on the Rise?
- 10. Ideal Weight vs. Happy Weight
The material on the QualityHealth Web site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a physician or other qualified health provider. See additional information.