A day spent traveling can be taxing and tiring but it often doesn’t compare to the effects that we suffer after the flight is complete and we’ve reached our final destination. Jet lag can be a problem for any traveler who is crossing through more than one time zone.

It is the result of our internal clock, referred to as circadian rhythm, being disrupted and causing symptoms such as sleeping problems, emotional and mental upset, disorientation or digestive issues. Imagine how wonderful it would be to arrive revived? There are some solutions which seem to help with the symptoms.

Melatonin and Reducing Jet Lag

Melatonin supplements are thought to help with jet lag since it is the hormone melatonin which regulates our circadian rhythm on a regular basis.  When we cross through time zones and experience light during periods of normal darkness and sleep our bodies regulating system is thrown off and we begin to experience jet lag.  Melatonin release is stimulated by light so once we go to bed and our body experiences dark the melatonin is released.  Take a .5mg supplement one hour prior to going to bed for 3 nights to reduce symptoms.

Homeopathic JetLag Solutions

While there are many options for the traveler seeking an alternative solution to jet lag, the most popular by far is “No Jet Lag”.  This product can be found in pharmacies, grocery stores or natural health stores.  “No Jet Lag” is said to reduce a variety of symptoms including sleeplessness, sleep interruptions, emotional stress, nausea, bloating and anxiety.  As with all homeopathic remedies, be sure to follow the dosage recommendations. Another option is an essential oil blend in a roll on from Saje Natural Wellness called ‘Arrive Revived’, available for purchase online.

JetLag Home Remedies

Many believe that good old-fashioned home remedies are enough to eliminate jet lag symptoms.  Getting plenty of rest prior to the flight, avoiding alcohol and caffeine before and during a flight and continuing with your normal exercise routine are top of the list for beating jet lag. Sunlight appears to be a major contributor in minimizing the effects of jet lag so get outside as much and as often as you can. There is even a lightbook you can use anywhere on the road! Check out the link below.

by Carol Smyth

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