Are you traveling for your big day? Maybe your wedding is local, but your honeymoon is far away? Either way, whenever you travel across time zones, you have to deal with jet lag. While you may not notice jet lag much if you only cross one or two zones, if you travel through three or more, the change can take its toll on your sleep.
Since you want to be as awake, aware, and engaged as possible during your trip, it’s important to do whatever you need to do to sleep well. Here are some tips and tricks that should help you get the rest you need so you can enjoy yourself on your travels.
What is Jet Lag?
To effectively combat jet lag, it’s important to understand what it is. Jet lag is a circadian misalignment. That’s a fancy way of saying that your body will feel like it is time to sleep when it’s actually time to be awake, enjoying your partner and your travels.
Your circadian rhythm is what tells you when to sleep and when to wake up. You may have noticed that, if you usually go to sleep at midnight, it’s hard to fall asleep at 10 PM. This difficulty is because of your circadian rhythm, which is aligned with your regular bedtime.
When you travel by plane, you change time zones faster than your body can adjust. It still wants to fall asleep when it is midnight in the time zone you left, even though it might be mid-morning or mid-afternoon in the time zone you’re currently in. This shift can cause you to feel sluggish, confused, and sleepy when you want to feel energized and excited about traveling.
How to Fight Jet Lag
There are several ways to effectively fight jet lag. Some of them may be easier or harder, depending on your destination and the number of hours of time difference between there and your home. However, implementing these should help your body to adjust faster so you can enjoy as much of your time as possible.
You don’t have to feel sleepy and slow, even if you cross multiple time zones in your travels. Implement the ideas mentioned here, and you should be able to enjoy yourself and your significant other, no matter how far you’re going.
Contributing Blogger Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.