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    Has jet setting got you jet lagged?

    Jet lag is the exhausted, run-down feeling you may experience after a long flight. It can be brought on by a number of different factors, from stress of getting situated in new surroundings and time zones, to mental and physical exhaustion. Jet lag is your body's natural reaction to over stimulation; it usually goes away after a good night's rest.

    Helpful Tips for Preventing Jet Lag

    The next time you board an airplane, here are some tips help prevent the feeling of lagging behind:

    • Try stretching exercises. Cramped seating can lead to cramped muscles. While sitting in your seat, try stretching your arms over your head or straigtening your legs out as far as you can in front of you. Stretching also helps prevent deep vein thrombosis.

    • Yawn or chew gum. Do your ears pop when flying? To avoid pressure build-up in the ears, try chewing gum or yawning to alleviate the problem. More about air pressure and your ears.

    • Avoid alcohol and coffee before and during your flight: Because your body is already going through an adjustment when traveling, substances like caffeine or alcohol can aggrevate the symptoms of jet lag.

    • Wear comfortable clothes: You always want to look your best, but when flying, the best thing your can do for yourself is dress comfortably.

    • Be well rested: Whether you are heading to your destination or coming back from a week in paradise, make sure you get a good night's rest before heading out.

    • Set your watch to the time of your destination: If your destination includes being in a different time zone, it's a good idea to set your watch to familiarize yourself with the time change.

    • Eliminate stress and anxiety: Flying may be a daunting experience but try to alleviate as much stress and anxiety as you can. While you are waiting to board, breathing exercises, diving into a good book, solving crossword puzzles or thinking about the fun you'll have on vacation are great ways to alleviate stress and anxiety before your flight.

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