Beat­ing the Causes of Jet Lag

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On a re­cent trip to Europe the Bu­la­li­cious team re­alised just how im­por­tant it was to en­sure that our bod­ies quickly re­cov­ered from jet lag fol­low­ing an in­tense six-day ad­ven­ture home. What should have taken a mere 36 hours ended up tak­ing six days due to air­craft me­chan­i­cal faults and ex­ces­sive de­lays (but that’s an­other story). What we quickly found when we ar­rived back to Fiji was that if we didn’t look af­ter our bod­ies dur­ing our lay overs then 2018 was just go­ing to be a year of catch­ing up on sleep, with­out any sense of a time zone and for­ever re­cov­er­ing from jet lag. The Bu­la­li­cious Ac­tivewear team is for­ever seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion on the lat­est surf; swim and gym wear which means we are for­tu­nate to travel a lot through­out the year. How­ever this used to al­ways re­sult in one if not more of our team get­ting ill whilst fly­ing. So we came up with a plan to en­sure that we never got ill on flights again and that we are al­ways pre­pared prior to fly­ing. When pack­ing your carry on bag, take these lit­tle point­ers into con­sid­er­a­tion. Here are a few es­sen­tials that may make your jour­ney that lit­tle bit more pleas­ant: Com­fort­able cloth­ing: The out­fit you wear to travel is of­ten the make of break for a re­lax­ing flight. En­sure you have com­fort­able cloth­ing such as leg­gings, loose-fit tops and some­thing that doesn’t re­strict movement. Check out the Bu­la­li­cious Ac­tivewear for some travel out­fit ideas that will leave you feel­ing and look­ing fab­u­lous dur­ing your flight. Eye mask: This will en­sure if you are try­ing to get your 40 winks that the cabin lights will not dis­turb you. Anti-bac­te­rial wipes: When you board the plane just give your arm rest and tray ta­ble a quick wipe over, to rid your area of any germs from the pre­vi­ous pas­sen­gers. Hand sani­tiser: Prior and post eat­ing, drink­ing or us­ing the re­stroom be sure to use your hand sani­tiser. Eyes drops and throat spray: When you are thou­sands of feet in the air your body can of­ten be­come de-hy­drated re­sult­ing in itchy eyes and a scratchy throat caus­ing to you rub pass­ing germs about your body. Prior to board­ing drop a few eye drops in each eye and spray your throat ready for a re­lax­ing jour­ney ahead. Wa­ter bot­tle: This will en­sure that you are only drink­ing from a bot­tle that you have used. Light weight blan­ket/neck pil­low: As these items ac­tu­ally touch your skin it is more hy­gienic to bring your own as you never know how many skin cells they are car­ry­ing from the pas­sen­gers. Head­phones: Bring­ing your own head­phones means you know you will be able to lis­ten to your mu­sic or movies in peace with­out crack­ling or con­stantly ad­just­ing them. Avoid caf­feine or al­co­hol: Stay clear of the caf­feine and al­co­hol on board flights even if it’s free. You may want to have a tip­ple whilst you are sat for hours on end but it will leave you feel­ing groggy and dis­ori­en­tated once you ar­rive. Take your own teabags: Leave the sleep­ing pills alone and if you are on the red-eye flight then talk a chamomile, laven­der or pep­per­mint tea to send your body into a nat­u­ral sleep. Keep mov­ing: Af­ter sev­eral hours of sit­ting your body needs to have blood pumped around. Don’t worry what you look like, dur­ing one of our team’s flight it looked as though we were about to break into a flash mob with all the lung­ing and high kicks but any­thing to avoid DVT (deep vein throm­bo­sis) and if you don’t want to re-en­act a scene from Flash­dance down the aisles then in­vest­ing in a good pair of flight socks will also do the job. Book your seat wisely: There are a few point­ers to con­sider when book­ing your seat on a plane which can be the dif­fer­ence between a re­lax­ing or stress­ful flight. If you are in need of ex­tra-leg room then sit­ting on an exit-row is the best op­tion for you. If you need to sleep then stay clear of the front of the plane as this is where most fam­i­lies and ba­bies are seated on long-haul flights and if you like to get up and move around the cabin the choose an aisle seat to save you hav­ing to awk­wardly climb over your neigh­bour­ing pas­sen­gers. Prior to fly­ing al­ways make sure you eat clean, that you don’t have any heavy car­bo­hy­drates sit­ting in our stom­ach and that you wash your sys­tems out with wa­ter avoiding any sugar or caf­feine prior to board­ing. In-flight meals con­tain a lot of sodium which causes bloat­ing and can of­ten be un­com­fort­able when trav­el­ling for hours on end. So if you pre­fer to have some­thing healthy

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