Jet lag

Knowing that London is just about 5 hours ahead of our time here in New England, USA I did some research. For those of you who don’t know what jet lag is, British Airways provides some great information online:

“Jet lag occurs when the body clock is disrupted by crossing a number of time zones. The symptoms can include fatigue, disorientation and an inability to sleep.”

Some simple ways to adjust to jet lag are:

– Book a flight that allows early evening arrival and stay up until 10 p.m. local time. (If you must sleep during the day, take a short nap in the early afternoon, but no longer than two hours. Set an alarm to be sure not to over sleep.)

– Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.

-Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone.

-Avoid alcohol or caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime. Both act as “stimulants” and prevent sleep.

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