Tips for Travel Sleeping
Jet lag is real. Traveling can be tough on you and your internal clock. Flying across time zones equals having to reset your internal clock. Our circadian rhythms are influenced by travel, the environment, behavior, diet and medications. They greatly influence when we sleep, the quality and quantity of our sleep.
In general, when traveling losing time is more difficult than gaining time. When we travel East we lose time, West we gain it. Generally, it takes one day to adjust for each hour of change. Studies show that losing as little as one and a half hours a night reduces daytime alertness by one third.
In order to enjoy your vacation and be more productive if traveling for business, we need sound sleep. Sleeping less than six hours a night can significantly diminish your performance.
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- Remember that alcohol is dehydrating and should be avoided while traveling. One drink in the air is equivalent to two on the ground.
- Expose your self to light during the waking hours as much as possible and conversely, do not expose yourself to bright light when it is dark outside. Even lights from computers, radios, streetlights and nightlights can adversely affect your sleep.
- Plan ahead and try not to leave things to the last minute. It may cause you to stay up late the night before and throw off your sleep schedule.
- Go with the flow. Expect delays. Try to stay in the moment and try to enjoy the time to read a book, listen to some music, some uplifting talks, meditate, or breathe, etc. Try not to let anything upset your balance. Be the witness, the third person, in a sense that is observing the world go by.
- Drink an Escape to Sleep™ the night before to help assure a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will pay off.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of non-carbonated water ahead of time. Avoid alcohol, which dehydrates. One alcoholic drink on the plane is equal to two on the ground.
- Try planning your trip to arrive in the morning so if you are losing several hours of sleep you can get that daylight you need to reset your internal clock.
- Consider bringing your own healthy food.
- Do not over-pack your carry on bag as you may have to put it under the seat in front of you, leaving little room for your feet to rest.
- If not provided by the airlines, bring a neck pillow, earplugs, and an eye mask.
- Bring some favorite, calming music.
- Wear loose fitting clothing in layers so that you can be comfortable and adjust to the temperature in the airplane.
- Consider taking a nap on a short flight and a longer one on a long flight. Close the window shade on the airplane; use your eye mask, earplugs and pillow.
- On longer flights, try to wait until the latter portion of the flight to nap so when you wake up, you feel refreshed just about the time the flight is ready to end.
- Give yourself at least a half an hour to wake up, get your belonging together, go to the restroom, brush your teeth, comb your hair, apply some essential oils, etc.