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Health Tip: Leave Jet Lag Behind

-- Jet lag is the term for disrupted sleep when you travel between time zones, and your body doesn't adjust to sleeping on a new schedule.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions to minimize jet lag:

  • Stick to a good bed time and sleep schedule before departing. Don't miss out on sleep in an attempt to beat jet lag.
  • Adjust your bed time by a few hours before you leave, depending on which time zone to which you'll be traveling.
  • If you're only traveling for a few days, don't worry about adjusting to a new time zone.
  • Don't sleep on the flight, unless the flight includes your usual bed time.
  • Don't consume alcohol or caffeine, but do drink plenty of fluids.
  • Keep up with your exercise routine, just not too close to bed time.
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Posted: October 2009