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.
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).
We have more frugal tips and money saving home remedies for you in our blog. Stop by and visit us if you have a few minutes.