All-Natural Ways To Beat Jet Lag

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Jet lag is your body’s way of telling you that your circadian rhythms are out of sync. It doesn’t have to take days out of your vacation, though; if you make a few changes to your normal travel routine, your body will respond much better to its new surroundings, and you’ll have more time to enjoy the trip.

Get Into The Rhythm Of Your Destination
When you get on the flight, set your clock to the local time of your destination and act as if it’s already that time. If it’s the middle of the night there, try to sleep. If it’s morning, try to stay awake until "bedtime." This will help you get your body into the rhythm of your destination much more quickly. Once you arrive, get some sunlight if it’s daytime. Being outside and experiencing the natural environment, including sunrise and sunset, will help your body adapt and reduce your jet lag symptoms.

Stay Hydrated
Hydration is so important, particularly after a flight. Being up in the air causes our bodies to become dehydrated, which makes jet lag worse. Staying away from alcohol and caffeine while you’re in-flight is a very smart idea, as they cause your body to lose water. Try to drink about eight ounces of water for each hour you’re in the air.
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Keep Your Body Moving
When you're feeling jet-lagged (or if your body thinks it’s the middle of the night), exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But, it’s important to get some movement in — before, during, and after your flight. Getting outdoors to exercise when you arrive is particularly helpful, as studies have shown that outdoor exercise can help resynchronize your body. Jet lag seems to have less of an effect on people who make exercise a regular priority, so get a good long walk in as soon as you arrive. Other than providing the benefits of exercise, this will also help you get acquainted with your new surroundings.

Try Supplements
Melatonin can be helpful to help reset your body’s internal clock: It’s the hormone that is released when it’s dark, and it helps you fall asleep. Using melatonin for a short period of time to help you get to sleep in a new time zone can be helpful (but talk to your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interact with any medications you may be taking). Another option is homeopathic jet-lag pills called “No Jet Lag” — a blend of homeopathic remedies that many people report have great results.

So, the next time you find yourself crossing several time zones, try some of these ideas to reduce your jet lag. This way, you won't waste your whole trip just trying to re-set your internal clock.