Remedies For Jet Lag

International and domestic, business and personal -- travelers from anywhere and going anywhere can suffer from jet lag. Jet lag, known as desynchronosis in medical circles (chronos meaning time in Latin), happens when the body's circadian rhythms, or sleeping and living patterns, are thrown off. This in turn effects the eating patterns, the person's ability to sleep, the hormonal levels, and even the body's temperature. If you've recently gotten back from a wearying trip, you may want to use one of these home remedies to clear up your jet lag.

A bird's eye view while on a jet.

Used by athletes before big races or sporting events as well, the Epsom salt bath is one way to get rid of jet lag. Putting two cups of Epsoms salts into your hot bath and sitting in it for fifteen to twenty minutes, while rubbing particularly sore areas of your body with a washcloth, will help your body recharge and draw the stress out of your muscles. The combination of relaxation and rejuvenation will send the jet lag away faster than forcing yourself to readjust without it.

You may be able to avoid jet lag altogether if you drink water consistently before, during, and after the flight. Drinking at least a cup of water per hour is recommended to keep your body hydrated as it goes through the stress and unaccustomed altitudes of flight, and you must keep drinking afterwards so your body can continue to combat the fatigue. As with any big day, you need to be hydrated beforehand as well, so start drinking a few days prior to your departure.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These are both tempting in-flight offerings, for those who can afford them (or are legally allowed to drink them) -- after all, one wakes you up, if you need to be alert when you arrive, and the other helps you relax, if you get nervous on flights. However, both throw off your circadian rhythms on their own, and increase the effects of jet lag significantly when combined with a flight. Even for a few days afterwards, you rest and avoid these if possible.

Get comfortable during the flight. One of the biggest causes of jet lag is the stress of flying, so if you manage to make your body happy during the flight, you'll be much better off afterwards. Make sure you get a pillow and find a comfortable way to sit, even if you plan to stay awake, and kick off your shoes (barring a terrible cloud of odor).

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Comments (12) -

Josh Combs
Josh Combs
2/11/2013 7:25:35 PM #

I get jet lag everytime I fly. Good tips here!

Conrad Hendrix
Conrad Hendrix
2/17/2013 4:24:48 AM #

Love those promos where you could fly on a plane for a dollar and things like that... Great tips btw, been using these since i started reading their blogs. thanks

Molly Byers
Molly Byers
2/17/2013 5:47:12 AM #

Why am I even reading this...this is ridiculous, how can I understand these things if the closest thing I've ever gotten to an airport is the waiting area only, where you would greet your loved ones... Not even tried to be inside a plane, am i the only living human being with this situation? T_T

Claudia Irwin
Claudia Irwin
2/17/2013 5:53:10 AM #

Ive heard that eating chewing gum is effective during the flight to make you comfortable... is that myth true or not...

Tanya Levine
Tanya Levine
2/17/2013 5:55:03 AM #

what other alternative could i use aside from epsom salt bath of yours?

Frankie Holt
Frankie Holt
2/19/2013 4:27:12 PM #

Here Molly!!!

You've got a new friend, I'm frankie, you can call me frank. I've never traveled in a plane in my 26 years of existence in this world. Caution, this is not an exaggeration, it's true. Okay, you can all laugh at us now Frown I think me and a plane are not a perfect fit, I should leave things as they are... Maybe someday, I would board a plane to have a vacation somewhere and hopefully, I would land safe. It would be disappointing if I die while riding a plane when it's just my first time.

Molly Bears
Molly Bears
2/19/2013 4:31:09 PM #

Yey, Nice to meet you Frank. I researched on famous people who have fear of planes and I saw this guy in the NBA, I think he's a houston rocket. He's so afraid of planes that he would take the bus going to games but that would be impossible so he's like just gonna play the home games...Is it that possible? heard he's now in the d-league or what you call that other league because of his fears. I feel the pain and the criticism the man experiences.

Terence Hardy
Terence Hardy
2/19/2013 4:50:56 PM #

About sleep, did you know that our  circadian rhythm or our internal body clock is affected by light? Yes light affects our sleep and wake pattern. It helps dimming your light to provide an atmosphere conducive to rest and sleep. Whereas, brighter lights promote wakefulness. Another thing is, we dream about 6-7 times a day during our sleep at night. It just happens that it only lasts for 20-30 minutes, that's why you feel that you want to continue your dream because you're already on the climax or the exciting part. That explains it all. I learned all of these because I was a nursing student before.

Toby Barker
Toby Barker
2/19/2013 4:59:49 PM #

Eating chewing gum? I've not encountered that myth yet, until now, to relieve jet lag. I know that it is used to relieve pressure from our ears during take-offs and landings because of the difference in the atmosphere and the stratosphere in pressure. Jet lag is self limiting which means that it will subside on its own without having to perform interventions to relieve it. Just take a day and rest and eventually, you'll feel better.

Abel Glass
Abel Glass
2/19/2013 5:05:58 PM #

Tanya, From what I've read, aside from epsom salt, you could use hard candy and drink water regularly. You could also yawn, or chew gum or gently rub your neck repeatedly from the chin to the base.

A lot of athletes, especially basketball players, are experiencing this. When there are imports in a basketball conference, they fly from all over the world to go to a country to play ball. But jet lag has also been abused and used as an excuse whenever they fail to perform on their first game with their new team. I mean, they call themselves professionals and they make excuses and blame it to the trip or they could just simply admit they had a bad night and try to bounce back the next game.

Marlon Hull
Marlon Hull
2/19/2013 5:19:39 PM #

Go grab a book and make yourself busy while on the flight. If you aren't sleepy, read a good book along the way. You could answer crossword puzzles, riddles, those challenging and brain twisting games. Just do something to occupy yourself to prevent you from thinking about jet lag. Talk to the man or woman beside you and gain new friends.  Have a good night's sleep the evening before you flight and arrive an hour earlier to prevent complications. Which in turn could lead to anxiety during the flight and you're thinking about that embarrassing moment or nervous moment where you almost missed your flight.

Sandy Power
Sandy Power
4/4/2013 2:42:41 PM #

If you're about to throw up due to motion sickness, it would be better not to close your eyes.  Open your eyes and then just focus on a single item to get rid of that eerie feeling. I just wanna share my knowledge that getting this feeling is due to some imbalances in your system. Once you're starting to feel this way, you shouldn't close your eyes because once you close your eyes, another system is shut down making it worst. That's why it would be better to take a deep breath, relax and focus.

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