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The only thing worse than bad weather on your holiday, is suffering from crippling jet lag. After-all, this is a holiday that you’ve been looking forward to for months and probably been saving incredibly hard for. To lose a few days to jet lag can be devastating. Which is exactly why our tips to keep jet lag at bay are essential for anyone travelling overseas, you might just find they save your holiday.

But what is jet lag? Well our bodies are like very finetuned machines that work to a schedule where various important functions take place at designated times, known as circadian rhythms. However, when we fly these rhythms get thrown into havoc making us feel ill and exhausted. It can even raise stress levels, cause digestive problems, lack of concentration and put you off your food. But how can you stop this?

1:  Get a Good Night’s Sleep Before Your Holiday

It might seem impossible to go to bed and get a good sleep before a holiday – especially when you’re a massive mix of stressed and excited. You may even have stayed up on purpose in order to sleep on the plane. However, staying up late puts your body out of sync even before you make it on the plane and make jet lag worse. A good night’s sleep can make you better equipped to fight jet lag symptoms.

Airplane2: Avoid the Bar

Yes, that pre-flight pint or glass of wine photo is the British tradition for any holiday, but alcohol can have some awful side-effects on high altitudes including more tiredness and dehydration which can add to your jet lag woes.

3: Try Not to Arrive at Night

Arriving at your destination in daylight can really help supress jet lag, this is because staying awake when the sun is shining is far easier than when it’s dark. You’ll be keen to explore your new destination and make it easier to go to sleep at reasonable time in your new time zone.

4: Take a Stopover

If you’re going to a destination that has a time zone more than a few hours different from your own, you can consider a stop off in your journey. Not only will this stay help your body adjust more gradually, you might even save yourself some money as these airlines will probably be cheaper.

5: Don’t Use Sleeping Pills

It can be tempting when you have a long flight ahead, to simply take a sleeping pill and snooze the flight away. Yet, these won’t stop you getting jet lag, in fact they might make you feel even groggier than without them. If you can sleep naturally then that’s great, but don’t go to artificial measures to get some sleep.

6: Set Your Watch to Your New Time Zone

As soon as you get on the plane, set your watch to the time in your destination. This way you’ll be psychologically thinking of that time rather than GMT. It will set you in a better mindset for when you arrive.

7: Avoid Caffeine

When you’re feeling the effects of jet lag fatigue at the start of your holiday it can be tempting to drink coffee or energy drinks in order to feel less tired. But this is a very bad idea, the caffeine will only put off the effects of the jet lag for a small while and might actually prolong the time it takes to get over the jet lag.

It’s not just on holiday, though, that we should be paying close attention to our sleeping. Getting a good night’s sleep at home is even more important. Here are some of our best mattresses that will give you a great night’s sleep:

Hypnos New Orthocare 12 bedThe Hypnos New Orthocare Collection

For those that like a little extra support, these mattresses are available in a choice of a firm tension or an extra firm tension. Because the mattresses are all hand made to order Hypnos will make a dual tension for you if required. If you prefer a firm mattress, but your partner likes the feel of the extra firm, no problem. One side of a double (135cm / 4’6”) or larger can be filled with firm springs and the other with extra firm ones. Now this might not appeal to everyone, particularly on these no turn mattresses. You do need to rotate them regularly to get the best out of them. However, with dual tensions you will need to swap sleeping sides as you rotate the mattress. The Hypnos New Orthocare 12 is pictured

But this needn’t be a problem as Hypnos manufacture the same mattresses as a 2 sided turnable option. They’re known as the Orthos Collection. All the benefits, fillings and springs of the New Orthocare range, but fully turnable. The 4 beds that make up this collection are the Orthos Wool, Orthos Silk, Orthos Cashmere and Orthos Latex. Once you’ve bought a Hypnos bed or mattress you can rest assured in the knowledge that you have a 10-year guarantee

Dunlopillo Signature Collection

Dunlopillo are the leading manufacturer of 100% latex mattresses. Latex is a natural product, starting life as the sap from a rubber tree. It’s whisked in industrial cake mixers and then baked to create the most comfortable resilient mattresses. The range comprises 6 models of differing feel and thickness of latex. Then there’s a choice of a sprung edge base or a sprung timber base which has a slightly firmer feel. Once you’ve found the perfect combination, all you need to do is select the upholstery and a matching headboard.

Relyon Royal Collection

Relyon’s Royal collection is similar to the Hypnos and Dunlopillo in that there are multiple comfort options. Both the Royal Bath and Royal Edinburgh are available with a soft, medium or firm spring unit. To perfectly refine your bed, there’s a padded top divan base and a sprung edge base for a softer feel. There’s also a fabulous selection of modern upholstery fabrics and stunning array of matching headboards.

For specific information about each product, check out the relevant pages on our website.

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