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Take a Slow Boat: How Jet Lag Got Its Name

Jan 14, 2008
If you fly the friendly skies quite often, we do not have to tell you that it can take quite a toll on your body. Not only that, but it will cause you to begin taking naps, and will severely impact your natural sleep cycle. Avoid suffering from acute insomnia by taking the necessary steps to prevent jet lag.

The official medical term for jet lag is desynchronosis, which is characterized by offbeat patterns of sleep, fatigue, restlessness and in some cases, mood swings. This can result from crossing over one or more time zones, forcing the body and mind to have to adapt to the changes once they reach their destination.

Another element that can contribute to jet lag is the varying temperatures that can occur when traveling. Heading up into the atmosphere can cause pressure to build up in the sinuses or ear drums, causing headaches to occur upon landing. Or, if someone is traveling from New York to California during the winter months, they will have to adjust from extreme cold to extreme heat in a matter of hours. This can impact the body greatly, and when it is overworked, you will feel more tired than usual.

It is important to get a good night of sleep before you travel, even if your flight is not until later in the day. You do not want to get your traveling off to a bad start by feeling worn out when you're getting on the plane. Do not eat something heavy before you travel, because you will feel tired and uncomfortable on the plane.

Don't be afraid to bring some comfortable things with you on the plane so you can rest easy. A good way to combat restlessness is to utilize aromatherapy. With the airplane regulations, it is a good probability that you will not be able to spray anything while in the air, but that does not mean you cannot prepare at home for your trip. Give your travel pillow or other tiny suitcase items a spritz with a pleasant odor so that you can sleep on the plane. While everyone else is trying to choke down the airplane snacks, you will be avoiding restlessness at high altitudes.

Another good way to avoid jetlag is to avoid napping. If you have the urge to take a nap, it is probably not a good idea to keep pushing your body, but do not get caught up in frequent napping while you are traveling. This will cause serious bouts of insomnia once you return, and then it will be that much more difficult for you to get back on track. And then those feelings of grogginess will set in, and it won't be pretty.

Just take it slow when you travel. Whether your trip is business or pleasure, running around frantically will not help solve anything. Take it one thing at a time, and maintain a healthy sleep pattern. Don't allow jet lag to catch up with you later and cause sleeping problems for you down the road. Take the road less traveled on this one.
About the Author
Sherry Harris used to have a sleep disorder. Now she gets a good night sleep with aromatic sleeping mist fragrances. If you are tired of insomnia go to http://www.ScentToSleep.com. Why don't you bookmark the article you are reading right now? You know you will want to find it again soon.
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