Wednesday, 21 November 2012

CNN Tips For Quality Shut Eye Frequent Fliers Could Use

A September CNN Report from titled Solve your sleep crisis- tonight, offers some tips worth mentioning for frequent fliers dealing with jet lag and sleep deprivation.

The report goes on to say 5.8 million more sleeping pill prescriptions were written out for women than in the last 5 years.

A combination of factors are responsible for this, you have the usual suspects like stress, as u we are now beginning to see the acknowledgement of some hitherto ignored factors like Technology and Lighting.

The article goes on to explain that harsh light from the gadgets we use and sleep with (you know who you are!) emit harsh light that prevents the natural rise of melatonin in the bloodstream. Melatonin is a necessary precursor for restful sleep. Lights in rooms can have a similar effect due to the harsh hues of light used in making the bulbs. Choose soft lighting wherever available.

Fliers can help themselves by following some of the recommendations given.

(1) Try winding down a couple of hours before you go to bed - use dimmers on light switches if they have them. Or use candles.

(2) Instead of reaching for your phone for that boredom relieving game of minesweeper try something low tech like a book or writing with pen and paper!

Added Tip
If you absolutely must use tablets and phones before bed try setting the gadget's shortcuts for night reading which gets rid of most of the glare on the screen.

More than anything I'm highlighting this article because of the inclusion of Technology and Lighting in possible causes for sleepless nights. It seems that frequent fliers forget how easily these things can interfere with a good night's sleep when travelling on the road.

- Christopher Babayode

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Jet Lag: Why Magic Pills Are Not The Answer

This article is subtitled "Pharmaceuticals Are Not An Option For Frequent Business Fliers" for good reason. If you look back to my previous article I make the assertion that when the challenge is great looking to extremes for a solution will provide the greatest benefit. Heavy duty frequent business travellers are an extreme. Moreover business fliers requirement for successful outcomes has made pharmaceutical drugs a convenient choice for many. This article takes a closer look at some of the challenges of using pharmaceuticals to beat jet lag and offers hope to those looking for a better alternative.

Drug companies want a slice of the jet lag market.

via Jet Stress