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Does anyone know of a trick to deal with jet lag? I have a terrible time with it when I travel and I think it actually takes me longer than the day per hour recovery time. I'll welcome any and all ideas.
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It's a little easier traveling West (going back in time) than traveling East (going forward in time), I find. My body doesn't feel as stressed with an extra hour or two to adjust to time zone change. My husband and I are road warriors - he more than I, since he travels by air 4 days/week.
What I learned umpteen years ago (I've been traveling since I was a babe in arms) is to stay up until what would be my normal bed time on the clock, so that my body will settle into a normal routine more quickly. The first day is always the toughest. On cross-continental flights, it's hard to stick to your routine with all the commotion and interruptions around you.
Drink plenty of water instead of sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic beverages. Eat/snack lightly (I do not support starving your body) on fruit, non-salty snacks. Sleep when you're supposed to.
I don't envy carting small children across the oceans, goodness!August 6, 2008 - 4:37pm