SLEEP­ING ON THE MOVE

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

There are few things more likely to dis­rupt your sleep than fly­ing over­seas and sleep­ing away from home. To keep your slum­ber time on track, it’s im­por­tant to know how to get your rest wher­ever you are:

Jet­lag: When you’re trav­el­ling through dif­fer­ent time zones, your body clock is thrown out of whack. While you’re adapt­ing to your new time zone, which usu­ally takes two to three days, short naps (no longer than 30 min­utes) may help you feel more alert. Make sure you’re awake for at least four hours be­fore you go to bed and try to ad­just to the lo­cal bed­time as soon as pos­si­ble.

Try this: A short walk out­side in the morn­ing af­ter you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion can help your body get the light cues it needs to ad­just to the lo­cal time zone.

A ho­tel stay: For some, sleep­ing in un­fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings is dif­fi­cult, no mat­ter how com­fort­able the room.

The key is to stick to fa­mil­iar bed­time rou­tines and not to over-eat room ser­vice or at restau­rants.

Try this: Take a few per­sonal items from home with you, like a pho­to­graph, cof­fee mug or read­ing ma­te­rial. It can help you feel more set­tled and re­laxed.

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