Following my article "Why Frequent Fliers Should Take Exercise Seriously to Fly Better" posted on Ezinearticles.com (1st Aug 2013) I just want to offer some additional information business and frequent fliers can use to maximise their body clocks when travelling.
The information speaks to the principle I like to call Acclimatisation at my NoJetStress Clinic. Body clocks help us acclimatise to environments, especially so when we travel long distances. Getting back in sync after flying can become a problem if you are a frequent flier. If you want to stay healthy without resorting to stimulants and pharmaceuticals here are some solutions to the challenges out of sync body clocks pose to fliers.
Fatigue - Physiologically, flying is stressful on everyone regardless of which cabin you fly in.
Time of day challenged - Landing into daytime when your body is on nighttime and vice versa.
Sleep - Not getting enough quality sleep when you need it and want it for the purpose of your journey.
Challenge - Fatigue
Action - Make rehydration a priority.
Best practices - Coconut water and Megahydrate supplement.
Challenge - Time of day.
Action - Reinforce local time markers to adapt quickly.
Best practices - When in Rome do as Romans do!
Challenge - Sleep
Action - Recreate your home sleep ritual on the road and stick to it.
Best practices - No late meals, No - bright lights, TV, phones, computers or laptops in bed, or ideally two hours before bed. Use red or orange hued light after dusk.
Fatigue through dehydration is a common factor in flying, a two percent drop in hydration has been shown to affect productivity adversely.
Zeitgebers are internal and external cues we use to know what time it is wherever we are.
Seeking or shunning them can help reset the body clock.
Frequent fliers have their daily rhythms upset regularly by being on the road. The antidote is to create rhythm and rituals around the travel schedule as much as possible. Sleep rituals and exercise rituals are good ones to start with.
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- Christopher Babayode