We often travel for business or for pleasure but did you know it often can be taxing to your health? Our body’s natural circadian rhythm regulates our sleep and wake cycle, but when we travel and bypass a few time zones… it can alter our body’s ability to regulate that sleep cycle making us feel tired during our meeting and wide awake at 3 in the morning. Below are just a few of my favorite natural ways to help fight off Jet Lag, making your travel experience more enjoyable!
Fight Off Jet Lag Naturally:
- Melatonin is the natural hormone your body produces to regulate your sleep and wake cycle. Taking 2-5mg 20-30minutes prior to going to sleep in your “new” timezone, can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night. Start with a low dose as it can make you foggy in the morning if you take too much.
- Tyrosine is an amino acid naturally found in your body and when taking as a supplement can help improve alertness and cognitive function when you need it most. Taking 150mg in the morning will help you stay sharp through all your early morning meetings after traveling.
- Eye Mask
- Your circadian rhythm is controlled by your eye’s response to light. Controlling your exposure to artifical and natural light can help regulate your circadian rhythm.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a botanical herb that is classified as a stimulant. It can be used to help improve alertness and concentration throughout the day. It can be taken as a tea or used on the skin topically as an essential oil.