Jet Lag Sleep Solution
The problem with traveling large distances is that we travel into new time zones which our bodies don’t naturally respond to straight away – leading to jet lag.
We are surrounded by natural rhythms of day and night, the seasons, lunar cycles, body cycles, and importantly cycles and rhythms that effect our sleep.
The daily 24 hour`ish sleep cycle is called the circadian rhythm. (There are other sleep cycles too, like the ultradian rhythm, but lets stick with the basics here.)
The difficulty is, that when we travel across time zones our body might be in 3 am time, when the actual time (in the place we have just traveled to) might be 5 pm. The result might be that we feel exhausted at 5 pm when we’d much prefer to be totally awake and feeling alert.
Chinese Meridians and Sleep
In Chinese medicine, since ancient times, there have been parts of the body and certain points and energy systems that have related specifically to different organs, meridians and energy flows. Many of you might know these points as acupressure/acupuncture/meridian/trigger/active points.
What you might not know is that these points on our bodies are also associated with 3 pm, 5 pm, 7pm, 9 pm etc.
Fortunately we can use this information to help us adjust to the new time when we travel.
Time Reset Process for Jet Lag
Andrew Verity, founder of Neuro-Training®, has kindly allowed me to share this document with you.
Here is the document. You are welcome to read it and download it.
Andrew Verity’s website is http://www.Neuro-Training.com if you would like to follow more of what he does.
His presentation Sleep Better By Overcoming Your Sensitive Reaction Syndrome was featured in Sleep With The Experts.
Use the Time Reset Process To “Put Yourself In Present Time”
This technique of tapping yourself into present time can also be extended to:
- days where you feel out of sorts because of time related issues,
- shift work changes
e.g. My circadian rhythm is not friendly to getting up at 4 am or 5 am any day! So on days I need to get up really early I know I’m not going to feel good all day.
Using this tapping technique I can tap myself into present time during the day to help my body adjust from having disturbed my normal circadian rhythm by getting up at 5 am.
Try this out, see how it works for you.
Recapping the Time Reset Process:
Those tips again:
- Always tap in a forward direction – just like winding a normal clock, funnily. They always tell you to wind forward, not backwards.
- If you want to tap yourself into 9 am, start at the 9 am tapping point, and tap each point around the clock so you end at 9 am again.
- If your new night shift starts at 10 pm tonight, you will need to tap yourself into 10 pm time when you arrive at work.
- In some cases (like changing shifts) you may have to do the process a few times over a number of days until your body adjusts to that new shift.
Click here for more information on shift work.
And the possible effects of long term shift work.