Guest post by Sleep Help.
Having a destination wedding in Tahiti is an amazing experience. The beaches are beautiful, the weather is perfect, and Nelly at wedOtahiti will help you with all the details, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. One common question from couples, though, has to do with jet lag. They worry that they won’t be able to knock it before their wedding and they’re afraid that it will put a damper on the big day.
While jet lag is a very real phenomenon, it’s also very beatable. Once they understand jet lag and some simple techniques to combat it, most couples find that they don’t end up worrying about it much at all.
What You Need to Know About Jet Lag
Most people know that jet lag occurs when people travel across time zones, but they may not understand why it happens. Basically, jet lag is a bad case of circadian misalignment. Your circadian rhythm is what governs when your body feels like it is time to sleep and wake. It is based on how much light is present and how long it has been light or dark.
When you travel across time zones, you move too quickly for your body to adjust its circadian rhythms effectively. You may feel tired in the middle of the day or find yourself unable to sleep when it’s dark outside. Over time, your body will adjust to your new location, but there are ways to help it through this process faster so you can enjoy your wedding day in Tahiti.
The Best Ways to Fight Jet Lag
Melatonin is a key hormone when it comes to sleep. When it starts getting close to time for bed, your body produces more melatonin. It tells your brain and body that it’s time to rest, and you begin to feel sleepy. Pretty soon, you’re sound asleep.
There are a couple of ways to get your body the melatonin it needs to sleep at the right times. First, you can take melatonin directly. It’s available in pills, which you can cut if you find that you don’t need too much to be able to sleep. Take your pill 30-60 minutes before you want to fall asleep, and your brain should be primed and ready. Curl up on your resort’s favorite mattress and get some shut-eye. Just be aware that melatonin can still have some side effects; you can take advantage of natural alternatives too.
Naturally induce melatonin production by managing your light exposure. When you want to wake up, you can expose yourself to 30-60 minutes of natural light. When you want to fall asleep, you can close all of the blinds and turn off the lights. This light regulation will help your brain know when to produce melatonin and when it’s unwanted.
When you come to Tahiti prepared to fight your jet lag, you can find that it’s not as big of a problem as you had thought it might be. Sure, you’ll feel its effects, especially as it gets dark very early in that part of the South Pacific, but you’ll also know what to do when that happens. Follow these tips and, pretty soon, your jet lag will be a thing of the past.