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My neighbor and dear friend Gail just returned from a trip to Italy. She spent ten days in Tuscany. One could consider this region of the world heavenly. I have been once and would love to go back soon. I would have food parties every day! This post was inspired by what she shared with me. When she arrived back in LA she told me how she suffered from severe jet lag. Even though Gail had a nice trip, she fully couldn’t relax and enjoy her vacation. Gail explained that she never got over her jet lag and mentioned that she didn’t have it in her to travel over seas again. I was shocked and encouraged Gail that she could with these arsenal of tips on how to fight jet lag.
Many of you who have been following HOS know I travel a lot to France. I have the jet lag thing wired and if you follow these tips you will too!
Water: While on the plane overseas you must hydrate! Drink more water than you would on a normal day. In fact, just keep drinking water the whole entire flight. The more the better. This will help your body immensely and will have you feeling good when you land at your destination.
Walk: Walking is your friend. When you finally arrive at the hotel, get out and walk the streets. I know this can be a struggle but if you are out in the light and walking this will aid in your jet lag recovery. Walking is pretty much the cure for everything.
No Napping: I get it, when you land you just want to check in to your hotel and go to bed. You feel like a zombie. But don’t do it! Keep yourself up and try to make it to at least 9pm. It’s hard but you can do it. You must get on the time zone immediately. Walking and drinking water will help make this possible too!
Melatonin & Magnesium: Dr. Squirrel’s secret to jet lag. These are all natural sleep aids and taken together work beautifully. When you take both before bedtime it helps get your circadian rhythm on track. What is circadian rhythm? “A circadian rhythm is any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours. These rhythms are driven by a circadian clock, and rhythms have been widely observed in plants, animals, fungi, and cyanobacteria.” (source Wikipedia). In other words, it gets your body clock onto the right time zone. These are a miracle worker! A big House of Squirrels approved!
Wherever you are traveling this summer be safe and follow these tips if you are going overseas. Also, you can read about my in flight purse essentials here.
~Kisses Travel Squirrel