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With exception of any prescribed medication that you normally take, you should avoid sleeping pills, so-called ‘jet lag’ pills and over counter medication for jet lag. Not only do these have little or no beneficial effect, many of them can actually add to your problems.
In particular, avoid common temptation to take sleeping pills during your flight. They may well help you to get to sleep on aircraft, but they will add to your problems when you arrive at your destination.
Tip 5. Dress comfortably for your flight.
Choose comfortable and loose fitting clothes to travel in and tuck a pair of slippers into your carry-on luggage to wear on board aircraft. It’s nice to be able to get dressed up and go out once you reach your destination but nobody is going to expect you to get dressed up to nines while you’re traveling.
Tip 6. Get out in sunshine.
Once you reach your destination get out into daylight as much as possible during first few days of your trip. Daylight sends powerful signals to your body clock and you’ll find that it adjusts far more quickly if it is exposed to normal cycle of daylight and darkness at your destination. So take advantage of this and don’t hide yourself away indoors.
Tip 7. Take something special with you.
It can often be difficult settling in strange surroundings and, in particular, relaxing sufficiently to fall asleep. So, take one or two items of special significance with you, perhaps a family photograph or a favorite bedside ornament, to help give a little bit of feel of home.
Copyright 2005 Donald Saunders - http://help-me-to-sleep.com
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Donald Saunders is the author of a number of health related publications including “Jet Lag – A Natural Approach”.
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