WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH JET LAG? – Mark
The key is to deceive your body. “Sunlight exposure is one of the most effective ways to realign and reset your circadian rhythm,” says Dr Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology, and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center. The lag means your body’s inner circadian clock is struggling to sync up to the light and darkness at your destination. So trick it: Start syncing at least one day before the wheels go up, suggests Dr Avidan. If you’re headed west, avoid sunlight in the morning and then soak it up in the afternoon. Going east? Do the opposite. If you can’t avoid bright light, donning some dark shades while you’re outdoors can help reset your clock in the right direction, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Maintain the same light-versus- dark game as soon as you arrive at your destination. According to research in The NewEngland JournalofMedicine, your circadian rhythm should recalibrate after a few days, so you can truly enjoy your trip.