How professional athletes power through jet lag
Professional athletes have to travel around the world whenever needed and suffer from jet lag which could affect their overall performance. Imagine if they have major tournaments or games the very next day…?
Check out what you can do to minimize the effects of jet lag!
1. Adjust your sleeping time
Few days before departure, adjust your bedtime depending on where you’re travelling. If you’re travelling to the east, go to bed a few hours before your usual bedtime and if you’re going west, sleep an hour or two later. You’ll find it easier to adjust to the time zone at the place you’re travelling to.
2. Drink your water
Dehydration can worsen your jetlag. #nuffsaid.
3. Expose yourself to natural light
Once you’ve arrived, try your best not to catch any sleep you lost during the day. Wait till its night time to sleep so your body will get used to the time zone. Try to walk outside or do something under natural light to help your body adapt naturally.
4. Make use of melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that helps control our sleep cycle and the good news is you can buy it over the counter. Take the supplement a few hours before you’re ready to go to bed. (Do check with your doctor first).
5. Schedule your meals
Eat when the locals are eating as our gut has its own circadian rhythm and delaying meals can also delay blood sugar rhythms which later on will have a negative impact on our master body clock. You can fast for 12 to 16 hours before arriving at your destination to reset your body clock.
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