If you’ve just been traveling, this is the best way to set yourself back on track from jet lag.
Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that can occur when a person’s internal body clock is out of sync with the time zone they are in. While there is no foolproof cure for jet lag, there are several strategies you can try!
- Stay Hydrated:
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during your flight, but avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine, as they can dehydrate you and disrupt your sleep.
- Natural Light Exposure:
- Seek exposure to natural light at your destination during the day. Sunlight helps regulate your body’s internal clock and can reduce jet lag.
- Stay Active:
- Engage in light physical activity and stretching at your destination to help boost your energy levels and reduce the feeling of lethargy.
Here is a routine you can do at your hotel:
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- Hip flexor stretch – prop one foot on the couch and squeeze that back glute. Then bring the same arm over your head. You should feel the stretch in the hip flexor and abdomen of that side. Repeat x5 on each side.
- Glute stretch – sitting in figure 4 (one leg crossed over the other), bring your knee to your chest as you rotate away from that leg. You should feel this along the side of the glute of the crossed leg. Repeat x5 each leg.
- Rotation stretch – stand hip width apart with your feet angled slightly one way. Shift your hips back and reach the close arm down your leg, have your other arm directly in the air. Keeping your arms straight, stay in this hinged, rotated position and open and close your arms. Repeat x5 each side.
- Mid back stretch – kneeling place your elbows on the couch, let your chest sink down towards the floor and hold. Repeat x5 for 5s holds.