Traveling from one corner of the globe to another can be taxing on your body. Long-haul flights and hopping from one time zone to another are known to easily disrupt your normal sleep pattern, and lead to the dreaded but often unavoidable jet lag. And, to make matters worse, some of us are more sensitive to travel, causing jet lag to occur on both ends of the flight (your departure and arrival).
Disruptions to your daily patterns can affect your sleep for several days. Interruptions to normal schedules can have an impact on your sleep quality and quantity, even though you may not be conscious of it.
Some people handle time changes and travel with ease, but others who already have erratic sleep patterns can find that a small change has a disporptionate impact. Many of these disruptions are unavoidable if you lead a busy life, but you still can do something to reduce the impact. A good approach, if possible, is to plan ahead. Get plenty of sleep before traveling, and gently adjust your sleeping yours in small chunks as you approach the date of the change.
You can also take a nighttime nutraceutical, like Hush & Hush MindYourMind to prevent sleep interruptions. Look for something with proven botanicals that help the mind and body rest and help set the stage for restful sleep.
Bottom line: As long as you can prep your body as best you can to prevent or reduce the severity of jet lag, it’s in your best interest to do so. You’ll thank yourself come morning!