”Did you and Natalie suffer jet lag?” Thank youto everyone who asked how our whirlwind trip to San Jose went: verygood, but very quick. Many of you asked if we suffered jet lag,which we did not. In fact, I’ve only ever experienced jet lag oncein my 11+ years of international travel.
Now is that just a matter of luck? No! There are a series ofactivities that we do to safeguard against jet lag. That is hasprompted me to write this article on the strategies that weuse. FYI - She only had this much energy BEFORE the plane tookoff. Three quick comments.
First, I don’t know completely how or why some of thesestrategies work: specifically the “Horary Points” which are basedon Acupuncture. I have never studied Acupuncture. So I share thisinformation with you as a consumer, who just knows it works forhim.
Second, there is a difference between being tired from traveling20 hours and suffering jet lag. An example of true jet lag is whenyou can’t sleep at 2:00 am because it feels like 3:00 pm in theafternoon back home. If you travel as far as we do, you can stillexpect to be tired (no matter if you fly first class oreconomy).
The difference is simply that day will feel like a day, andnight will feel like night. Third, I have no idea if thesestrategies will work for you also. They may not! Still, I believethey are worth considering as they’ve worked for me 96% of the time(23 of 24 international flights over 11 years). So without furtherado, here are the strategies we use to reduce jet lag.
#1. Horary Points.
These are based on acupuncture points that you tap once everyhour. I think of them this way. In acupuncture, there is differencemeridian (energy) channels that are most active at different timesof the day.
So what you do is you tap a certain spot that corresponds with acertain channel in the time where you currently are (Brisbane for99% of you who will read this article) … but then you immediatelytap to spot the corresponds with the channel for the time where youwill be going.
I think of it like, “Hey you, wake up! This is where we’regoing. We need to reset the internal body clock.” For the firsthalf of your trip, you tap the spot ~20 times on your current timeand then immediately tap the spot ~50 times on the time zone whereyou will be traveling.
Then for the second half of the trip only tap the sport ~50times where you will be traveling. Repeat on both sides. If youmiss a few spots because you were sleeping, that’s okay. Simplyresume when you wake up. You can download the PDF that we’ve madefor you to take on your next trip on the link below.
#2. Get up and Stretch.
Once an hour if you aren’t sleeping. Specifically, stretch yourhands above your head so you feel it all the way into your lowerback. Stretch your legs - hamstrings, and quads - so you feel itall the way into your lower back also. And walk around the cabinwhere you are able to.
#3. Drink water.
Approx 250mL per hour, which is about one glass worth. You willdehydrate on a plane, and the better you remain hydrated the betteryour energy will be. Likely, you will have to get up frequently touse the toilet. That’s fine because it gives you the opportunity tostretch (see strategy #2). Keep up this strategy when you arrive atyour destination.
#4. Take electrolytes.
Aka some type of salt/magnesium supplement that you can oftenfind at the airport terminal. This one varies for everyone, and youmay not want to take any depending on certain health conditions.The reason I recommend electrolytes as a general guideline isbecause you need body salt to hang onto water … otherwise, you endup peeing it (all out and then some) over the course of yourflight.
Now, if you do not get up to stretch and/or have known clottingdisorders when on a plane, you probably want to think twice beforeemploying this strategy. Still, it is an important one to considerif you are otherwise fit and healthy. Same as with the water, keepup this strategy when you arrive at your destination.
#5. Wear Blue-Light Blocking Glasses.
Natalie does this one the plane to block the blue-light of thecabin so that she can sleep (better). Let’s face it, sleep is arelative thing on a long flight. Still, any strategy you can employthat will allow you to get as much sleep as you can will be a goodthing. And this is a good one to do not just on a plane, but in thehour before you go to bed at home also. Just a little walkalong the beach.
#6. Get Outside in the Sun.
When you arrive at your destination, if possible, be outside inthe fresh air getting as much exposure to sunlight as possible.Walk. And for best results walk barefoot on the grass or on a sandybeach (called Earthing).All of these strategies also work to “reset” your internal bodyclock to get used to the time zone where you are.
#7. Stay awake as long as you can.
You’re probably going to be in bed early the first few nights ofyour trip, which is normal. Remember, there is a difference betweenbeing tired and suffering jet lag. However, staying up as late asyou can (700pm) will also help you to adjust to your new time zonequicker.
#8. Don’t look at your home time zone.
Natalie also finds this one really helps her. It is tocompletely ignore the time where you came from when you arrive atyour destination. For me, part of it is likely my mindset that “Idon’t get jet lag.”
So who knows, maybe all these strategies don’t do anything atall, and its all just a mental thing! However, in my personal andfamily experience using these strategies there is more to it thanjust “mind over matter.” I hope on your next long time - and I hopethat you have one soon - that you might find these strategiesvaluable so that jet lag doesn’t take a chunk out of your timeaway. Safe travels!