Back from vacation last week, I had to deal with jet lag. Ten hours difference in time zones can have its toll especially when traveling eastward. I tried a few things; some worked some did not and I wanted to share some of them with my fellow travelers.
Jet lag is when the body and mind confuse days and nights due to traveling across many time zoness. For me coming back to Jordan, I would get sleepy close to 8 am in the morning, because it would be 10 pm at night in California.
The first few nights I tried Panadol night and it worked, but I did not want to use pills. I regreted not buying a melatonin supplement from the US as they are naturally occurring hormones in the body and they help you adapt to new sleeping patterns.
I decided to try more natural ways. I tried meditation, which got me sleepy alright, but as soon as I get to bed, I become alert again. I tried breathing exercises. They did relax me but not enough to get to sleep. Stretching exercises where the same. They made me relax but not sleep.
Then it was time for some mind tricks. I tried counting backwards from 10 to 1 relaxing at every count. Then had to do 100 to 1, but that also did not do it. I also tried to use reverse psychology and try my best not to sleep while my eyes are open. It is supposed to make you sleep. Nope. No luck with that.
Here are the things that actually worked.
Tai Chi Standing meditation worked nicely. If you would like to try it, Here is a simple instruction on youtube http://youtu.be/zbEVmsTrMLI. Amazingly it worked.
The best advice I got was from my parents who are used to making the trip “across the pond.” Wake up early, at your preferred waking up time, regardless of how much sleep you got, even if none. Take a walk and get exposed to the sun. Do not sleep during the day, and go to bed at your preferable sleeping time. That is tough to do, but works the best.
Any techniques you tried and worked? please share.
Good night 🙂