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Jet lag: what it is and tips to avoid its effects

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What is jet lag and how can you minimize its effects?

Follow these practical recommendations from LATAM’s Health Department

 

Our body has a biological clock that tells us when we should be awake and when we need to sleep. This system is controlled internally by hormones, our body temperature and other conditions; all according to the influence of sunlight.

 

What happens when we take a 12-hour flight from Madrid to Lima at 8 o’clock, for instance?

 

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Our day is extended by six hours and the circadian rhythm of our biological clock is altered. That’s when the famous jet lag occurs and, with it, some inconvenient symptoms.

 

A few advices to avoid it

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  • Rest before your flight

  • Eat light and avoid alcoholic beverages

 

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  • Don’t drink too much coffee and avoid caffeine four to six hours before bedtime

  • Upon arrival, go outside and get some sun

 

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  • In the first 24 hours after landing, try to sleep normally

  • Wear a sleep mask and ear plugs while resting

  • Avoid sleeping pills; they will further alter your biological clock