Beat Jet Lag Fast with These 4 Tips

Fail! I slept through the entire Monday Night Football game, again. No, I am not fatigued. What I am struggling with is jet lag after having just spent three weeks in Europe. Maybe I should take my own advice, because I know from experience that these four jet lag tips work, if you can just stay away long enough to stick to them.
 
1. Stay Awake.
The number one thing you can do to beat jet lag is to stay awake until it’s actually time to go to sleep in your current location. No matter what time of day you arrive, DO NOT take a nap. Resist all temptation to fall asleep on the couch (oops). If you can stay awake until a decent bed time, you have a great chance of sleeping through the night and being rid of jet lag before it has a chance to take hold of you.
Wake Up
 
 
2. Use Melatonin.
 
If your body does not understand when it’s time to go to sleep, take 3-6 grams of Melatonin. What’s great about Melatonin is that its a natural sleep hormone, in other words it will tell your body to be sleepy. It won’t leave you groggy, and you can get it at any health food store or even on Amazon. You may prefer a different sleep aid, just make sure it’s okay to mix with alcohol if you’re going to be drinking.
Sleeping Cat
 
 
3. Retrain your Bladder.
This part of jet lag is often overlooked. But think about it, do you normally get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? My guess is most of you don’t, and your bladders are used to that. However, with jet lag you will find yourself waking up in the night needing to use the loo, because your bladder may still think it’s daytime.
This one is tricky to fix but oh so important to stay asleep during the night. My advice: drink plenty of liquids throughout the first half of the day to make yourself go to the bathroom regularly during the daytime. As nighttime approaches, don’t drink too much, and go to the bathroom twice before you go to bed.
Toilet Sign
 
 
4. Count Sheep.
 
If you are struggling to stay asleep in the middle of the night, resist temptation to get up. Even if you can’t fall back asleep, you owe it to your body to rest as much as possible. Try counting sheep! Seriously, it works…
Counting Sheep