As you cross countries and time zones, your body's internal clock is being desynchronized, resulting in fatigue and insomnia. While it may be the middle of the night in your hotel as you attempt to rest for the next day, your body perceives that it is day time back home and doesn't allow you to sleep. Furthermore, the brain is perceiving changes in the environment: sleeping in an unfamiliar place is not as easy as it may have been when we were young.
There are ways that exist in which you can trick your brain or set it up so that the effects of the time change are lessened.
- Create an environment that is familiar to your brain: for example, bring a pillow from home.
- Take a warm bath before bed.
- Use sleeping masks and ear plugs to block out sensory distractions. The more you can achieve this effect, the deeper your sleep will be.
- Hydrate: your brain still needs to operate while you sleep and keeping it hydrated is the best way to do this.
On vacation, every minute counts. Whether you are exploring the wonders of foreign cities, or trying to catch Zs on the beach, you don't want to be feeling bogged down by jet lag. At your American Canyon Chiropractor, we would love to see everyone enjoy their vacations to the fullest. Spinal dysfunction and nervous system interference could also be a factor in your sleep deprivation. If this is the case, give our office a call at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.