Beat Jet Lag for Honeymoon Bliss
Wedding season is in full swing, friends, which means it's also honeymoon season! Today, our friends at Sleep Help are sharing their tips to help beat jet lag during your honeymoon. Enjoy!
You made it through the wedding and finally get to spend some quiet time with your new spouse. But, if you're traveling far from home you may find yourself battling against jet lag. With good preparation, you can put tiredness behind you, see the sights, and enjoy everything your destination has to offer.
What Happens During Jet Lag?
Jet lag is truly a modern inconvenience as it's only been in the last 60 years that humans have had the ability to pass through several time zones in one day. The change in light disrupts your body's circadian rhythms, those regular 24-hour cycles the body uses to manage appetite, hormone release, and sleep-wake cycle amongst other important bodily functions.
The body largely relies on natural light to set circadian rhythms. When you jump time zones, the changes in night and day throw off your internal clock. Many of your body systems are controlled by these rhythms, so it takes some time for everything to get in sync again. That adjustment period, when your systems are out of sync, is when you feel jet lagged.
Beat Jet Lag from Start to Finish
Preparing yourself for jet lag can help your body adjust to your destination time zone. Depending on how far you plan to travel, you may need to start making changes a few days to a week in advance. Though you may find yourself busy with last-minute wedding preparations, taking the time to address jet lag ahead of time will allow you to be able to enjoy your honeymoon so much more.
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule: Several days before you leave, adjust your sleep and wake time closer to your honeymoon destination by 30 to 60 minutes each day. Using small increments allows your body to naturally adjust to the shift in your sleep cycle. If you have trouble falling asleep earlier than usual, be sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. The mattress should be free of lumps or sags while supporting your preferred sleep position.
Change Your Eating Schedule: Your circadian rhythms are also influenced by your eating schedule. You can help your body adjust by altering your meal timing just as you did your bedtime. Eat 30 to 60 minutes earlier than normal throughout the day until you've reached an eating schedule similar to that which you will follow on your honeymoon.
On the Plane
Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated is far more important then you might think. While it doesn't directly affect your circadian rhythms when you're dehydrated your body feels more tired. Fatigue can make you fall asleep when you need to stay awake. The air circulating through an airplane is notorious for drying out the skin and eyes so be sure to drink at least 8 ounces every hour while in flight.
Take the Right Flight: You can reduce jet lag by taking flights during times when you would naturally be sleeping while on your honeymoon. Sleep on the flight so that if you arrive in the morning or early afternoon at your destination, you're well rested and ready to go.
Avoid Alcohol: It may be tempting to drink a glass of wine or two on a long flight, but it can leave you with a headache or feeling groggy when you arrive. Alcohol can also lead to dehydration, which can cause headaches and make you feel more fatigued.
At Your Destination
Nap Wisely: It's okay to nap but be smart about it. A 30 to 45-minute nap can help alleviate some of the effects of sleep deprivation while not interrupting your ability to sleep at night.
Get Outside: Natural sunlight helps adjust your circadian rhythms. Spend as much time as possible in the outdoors at your new destination to not only see the sights but to also keep you awake if you're feeling drowsy.