You’ve preened, waxed, manicured, facialed, exfoliated, blow-dried and prepared for the business meeting or the rendezvous with your loved one and now you are embarking on the journey, having spent a fortune on the flight and the pre-long haul pampering packages. You seem to be prepared to take on the world or are you really?
The truth is that at the end of this beautifully planned journey… your hair will look as though you’ve just been dragged through a hedge backwards, you have bitten your nails to the quick if you are a nervous flyer and you’ll resemble “black-eyed Susie” with deep black rings under your eyes and puffy lids. My how first impressions count!
Basically, you don’t feel good, you feel that every inch of your body is falling apart and a little bit under the weather.
What It Really Is
Disrupted eating pattern, bowel pattern and conversational pattern. Everything is little chaotic for a while. You do not know what day it is or what it is back at home. Your normal regular clockwork is rather topsy-turvy at the moment.
Why Do We Get Jet Lag
Our internal little tiny 24 hour clock just loses its grip on place and pace if we alter it by more than a few hours by passing through different time zones.
Don’t drink the free bar dry just to pass time-there is a price to pay for your greediness. Too much of everything is never good for you. Drinking too much of alcoholic drink tends to dehydrate your body so much that you are most likely to disembark the plane smelling like a brewery. Our advice is drink lots and lots of the water.
What If My Body Says It Is Daytime?
Set your watch to your destinations time as you take off. Then start programming your body to it. On a night flight, take your shoes off, decline the meal and the movie and switch off.
Economy Class: Will It Be Worse
Invest in a cheap pillow. Wedge it against a window and notice the difference. However, on really long flights it is often better to secure an aisle seat which is less problematic and easier to manoeuvre from if you need to visit the toilete, especially if you are drinking lots of water.
Melatonin is the answer to all jet leg problems. It is a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps to control the body’s sleep/wake cycle. By resetting the body’s internal clock, melatonin can treat the underlying cause of all jet lag problems which is the disruption of the natural sleep/wake cycle.
For jet lag : 1 tablet/capsule every 6 hours for the first 48 hours after departure
For insomnia : 1 tablet/ capsule 45 minutes before retiring.