After months of wedding planning, you and your new spouse are more than ready for a relaxing getaway together. A honeymoon gives you the quiet one-on-one time you need to celebrate the official joining of two lives. Book with Weddings of Pittsburgh today so that you can enjoy the journey and some best travel practices. Traveling halfway across the world can leave you both sleepy, fatigued, and grumpy.
Jetlag doesn’t have to slow you down and get in the way of your perfect vacation. Pre-honeymoon preparation and smart planning when you arrive can help your circadian rhythms adjust and let the two of you enjoy warm water and sandy beaches together.
Jet Lag and Your Circadian Rhythms
Jet lag wasn’t even a term until the 1960s when it became possible to travel through several time zones in a single day. Today, when world travel isn’t unusual, we have a better understanding of how the body’s internal clock gets thrown off.
Your circadian rhythms, which control your sleep-wake cycle among other processes, follow a daily cycle largely controlled by exposure to light and dark. When you travel more than three or four time zones, the change in light exposure leaves your circadian rhythms behind. The result – you’re exhausted or wide awake when you shouldn’t be. However, you can prepare ahead of time and give your body a head start to ensure a blissful honeymoon.
Prepare in Advance
Advance preparation can start anywhere from three to four days before you leave for your honeymoon. Keep in mind that the further you’re traveling the more time your body will need to adjust to a new schedule. The first place to start is your sleep-wake schedule. In 15 to 30-minute increments, start moving your bedtime and wake-up time closer to the time you will go to bed and wake up while on your honeymoon. Try to eliminate any distractions like an old mattress or street lights from interfering with your sleep as you’re making these changes.
Your meal schedule can also have an impact on your circadian rhythms. Like your bedtime, you can start adjusting your meal times to more closely match those of your honeymoon destination. This is a good time to eat healthy too. Meals high in fat eaten too close to bedtime can keep you awake. Because you’re making adjustments, you want to give yourself the best chance at a good night’s rest.
After you’ve said the “I do’s” and stepped on the plane, try to stay hydrated. Dehydration increases fatigue, headaches, and moodiness, all of which can get in the way of maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle. Also, try to use your flight time wisely. For example, if you get on the plane in the morning in your usual time zone but it’s evening in your honeymoon destination, nap for as much of the flight as possible so you’re awake for a morning arrival.
Once you’ve landed, the real fun (and relaxation) begins. Light exposure helps set your circadian rhythms so spend as much time in natural sunlight as possible. Visit the sites, take a walk on the beach, or enjoy the local culture but keep moving and soak up some sun. If you absolutely need a nap, keep it short, about 30 to 60 minutes maximum. Set an alarm or two so you don’t sleep the day away and wake up ready to go when everyone else is shutting down for the night.
A honeymoon is your time to escape your daily life and simply enjoy one another’s company. With some pre-honeymoon planning and plenty of outside time, your honeymoon really can be your dream vacation.
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