Magazine article USA TODAY

By Car or Plane, the Battle Can Be Won

Magazine article USA TODAY

By Car or Plane, the Battle Can Be Won

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Whether you are traveling 100 miles by car or across many time zones by plane, your sleep is very important. Traveling can upset an individual's circadian rhythm (aka sleep cycle), leading to the onset of what is colloquially referred to as jet lag.

Offering tips on fighting jet lag and travel fatigue is Robert Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff in Arizona:

If traveling by car, make sure you get a good night's sleep before the journey; stop every two hours to stretch and relax; and avoid alcohol consumption the night before, which can leave you dangerously drowsy the following day.

If traveling by plane, consider noise-canceling headphones or earplugs; drink plenty of fluids to combat the dry air and potential for dehydration; and consider wearing eyeshades in order to allow you to sleep. If crossing many time zones to the east, try to get to bed one hour earlier daily until you are falling asleep three hours earlier. …

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