Sleep Quality: Chiropractic Bed Mattress

Sleep Quality and Bed Mattress… Are They Linked? And what is the best Chiropractic Bed Mattress out there?

Sleep is the most vital way for humans to recover. That’s why it is important to get a good amount of sleep as well as getting good quality sleep. When it comes to sleeping, two pieces of equipment can drastically change the quality of sleep as well as protecting your spine and neck. The two pieces are the pillow and the mattress. You need a good quality chiropractic bed mattress and pillow!

In the last blog we mentioned that the function of a pillow is to support the neck and upper back as well as providing comfort. The best way to choose a suitable pillow is dependent on one’s sleeping posture. This time we are going to sink in to the other piece of equipment, the mattress.

Plain & simple, a good chiropractic bed mattress will support your spine whilst you’re sleeping on it.

Just like the pillow, the mattress’s function is to provide the spine support and comfort at the same time. So the spine consists of 3 parts; cervical, thoracic and lumbar.

The Cervical Spine

The cervical spine which is also the neck is supported by the pillow. I’ve explained the physiological shape function of the cervical spine in the previous blog so go check that out here.

The Lumbar Spine

The lumbar spine is the spine that’s located in the low back. It’s has a similar ‘reverse C’ curve just like the cervical spine. The main function of the lumbar spine is to distribute stress and to bear the weight of the body. This is why out of all the vertebrae, the ones in the lumbar spine are the largest.

The Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine is what fills the gap between the cervical spine and the lumbar spine. It is made up of twelve segments, located in the mid back and has an opposite curvature to the lumbar and cervical spine. As well as serving as the transition between the two primary curves (the lumbar and the cervical curves) it also hold the rib cage which protects all the organs.

When searching for a mattress we must find the one which best supports the curvatures of the spine. This way it maintains the health of the spine allowing it to function properly and decrease the likelihood of spinal degeneration and pain.

When to get a new mattress and how do you find the best Chiropractic bed mattress?

So firstly, how do you know it’s time for a new mattress? Well generally a good quality mattress lasts for around 7-12 years. But keep in mind that most mattress manufacturers design mattress’s that last for 10 years. A lot of the times deciding when to invest in a new mattress depends on the budget and individual pain tolerance. I am not suggesting that you should only consider changing mattress once you feel pain. But on the safe side I think 10 years is a good time to ponder about getting a new mattress. Another possible reason as to why you should change mattress is if your mattress has started to change shape. If you can see a part of the bed have sunk in around 1 to 1.5 inches it’s also an indication for a mattress change. Finally, if you are feeling pain, it’s time to treat your spine to a better mattress.

Choosing the perfect Chiropractic bed mattress!

Choosing the perfect mattress is dependent on your sleep posture. However it is a little less complicated than choosing a pillow because there is only one height for the mattress. When choosing a mattress, match your sleeping posture with the firmness of the mattress. This is because it helps keep your spine in a neutral stress free position for the duration of your sleep.

Back Sleepers

For back sleepers, choosing a slightly firmer mattress will be the ideal option. This is because it prevents sagging of the hip. This allows you to be in proper alignment for the duration of the entire sleep.

Side Sleepers

For side sleepers it is best to choose a mattress which is slightly softer than firm (not soft and not even medium, but not as firm as you would have it if you’re sleeping on your back). This way, there will be less pressure in your shoulders and hip. The softer mattress will also sink in allowing your spine to keep a straight line with the rest of your neck. If you know you move around during your sleep, try to find the dominant position and cater mostly to that.

What Chiropractic bed mattress do we suggest for your spine?

We suggest looking into the ABCA Mattress.

Choosing the right sleeping equipment is pivotal in maintaining your spinal health and having better quality sleep. We spend around a third of our lives in our bed, whether it’s sleeping, gaming, reading or watching television. So it’s important to invest in something that’ll keep you comfortable as well as keeping you healthy. So next time when you hunt for a new mattress take note of your sleeping pattern to find the perfect mattress for you.

 

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Good Sleep Quality: Pillow

The importance of good quality sleep and what we can do to improve our sleep quality

We all know the importance of good quality sleep. It can help us with our physical and mental health. Sleep quality can be improved through many means; supplements, timing and habits are a few of them. Those things can often be implemented without much cost. But there are two things that are just as important but can be overlooked. They are pillows and mattress. Both pillows and mattress play a very important role in determining the quality of sleep. Additionally, it is one of the best investments to prevent future back and neck issues. In this first of the two part sleep series, we are going to dive into looking at the most suitable pillow for you.

Function of a pillow & sleep quality

The functions of a pillow is to provide support and comfort. Our necks are made up of 7 vertebrae. These 7 vertebrae form a backward ‘C’ curve in our neck known as the cervical lordosis. The curve acts like a spring and distribute stress. Quite often when this curve is altered symptoms such as aches, pains and numbness will begin to show. When a good pillow is utilised, it can help support this curve so it maintains its physiological function and structure. This curve can be maintained by a pillow through two paths; the softness and the shape of the pillow. The way that one chooses the right pillow is dependent on the sleeping posture.

Choosing the right pillow to improve your sleep quality

Side sleepers

For side sleepers, it is recommended that the pillow that is a little higher. This is because when one is lying on the side the shoulder gives extra height. The higher pillow fills the gap between the neck and shoulders so the neck will not stay bent when you are a sleep. It is also important to go for a slightly firmer pillow if for side sleepers. This ensures that the neck is well supported and the head doesn’t sink in, leaving the neck bent sideways the entire night.

Back sleepers

For people who sleep on their backs choosing a slightly lower pillow would be the more beneficial choice. The reason for this is if the pillow is too high, the head will also be too high leaving the neck in a constantly flexed state. This means for the duration of your sleep, it’ll be placed exactly the opposite the revered ‘C’ shape that it’s meant to be. Overtime, the structure of the neck will shift causing the development of neck and upper back pain. A lower pillow allows the spine neck and the rest of the spine to stay in a more neutral state. Ideally, a softer pillow would also be more suitable for back sleepers too. This is because it can fill up the back between the upper back, the neck and the shoulders giving more even support around the entire cervico-thoracic junction.

Stomach sleepers

For the rare stomach sleepers, just don’t. Try readjust and retrain your sleeping posture. Sleeping on the stomach keeps your head rotated in one direction for the duration on your sleep (unless you have a cut out in the mattress like chiropractic tables). This creates a negative pattern in the neck. But if changing sleeping postures isn’t an option, use the slimmest pillow that can be found.

Pillow recommendation!

We spend around 8 hours each day which equates to around 121 days a year in bed sleeping. During that time, plenty of things in our body can change if we don’t keep it well structured. Besides from internally increasing your sleeping quality, your sleeping gear is just as important! So take care of your neck because you only get one and find the most suitable pillow!

We suggest and stock these 2 pillows to our client:

The Complete Sleeper

The ABCA Adjustable pillow

 

 

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Shoulder Bursitis and Chiropractic

Revolution Chiropractors are highly regarded Auckland Chiropractors. We are here to help with chronic bursitis, tendonitis, back or neck pain, headaches and migraines, and more. We offer a free consultation so that you have an opportunity to see if we can help and it also allows us to figure out if and how we can help. At Revolution Chiropractic we really care about getting you better and that is our number 1 priority.

What is shoulder bursitis? Can Chiropractic Help?

A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that sits between bone and the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in a joint. The bursa acts as a cushion to allow the joints to move in a gliding motion and to reduce any friction between these surfaces. Humans have more than 150 bursae throughout their bodies, and if one of these becomes irritated or inflamed it is called bursitis.

Shoulder Bursae

The shoulder itself has 6 bursae, more than any other joint in the body. If any of these bursae become inflamed it is called shoulder bursitis. There are many things that can cause a shoulder bursa to become inflamed such as strenuous or repeated physical activity, trauma to the shoulder, calcium disposition. Other things that can cause bursitis include infection, underlying conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.

Symptoms and Commonality

Shoulder bursitis tends to happen more commonly in people over 30 years old, and happens more often in females. Symptoms of shoulder bursitis include tenderness and pain, heat, redness, swelling, stiffness, and restricted movement. This can affect a person’s sleep, and ability to perform their normal daily tasks, especially if it involves any overhead movement of the arms.

Medical Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis

Standard medical treatments for shoulder bursitis can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil or ibuprofen, or steroid injections. While these can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation, they don’t address what caused the bursitis in the first place, and can cause side effects.

Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis

Prevention:

The first way chiropractors can help with shoulder bursitis is by preventing it from ever happening in the first place. Chiropractors are able to adjust the shoulder and the areas of the spine around the shoulder, in order to keep this area strong and stable. This leaves this area much less vulnerable to injury. When everything in this area is aligned and moving properly, this decreases stress on all parts of the shoulder joint, including the bursa. This means that the bursa is significantly less likely to become irritated and inflamed.

Assessment:

Chiropractors are able to do a number of different physical exam tests to rule in and rule out different conditions that could be causing the pain. They are also able to refer out for tests such as x-rays or lab tests in order to see if there is an underlying condition. This thorough examination helps pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain and discomfort. This allows the chiropractor to provide the most specific care tailored to this condition and to provide the best care possible.

Treatment:

Once your chiropractor has concluded that you have shoulder bursitis, they will begin treatment in order to help heal this condition. They will most likely start with adjusting the areas of the spine surrounding the shoulder, the shoulder itself, and the rest of the spine. This creates more stability which will allow the shoulder to start healing. A structural chiropractor will also provide lifestyle advice that will help the inflammation in the shoulder to go down.

When the inflammation in the shoulder has decreased, chiropractors can then start adjusting the shoulder to make sure it is aligned and moving properly. This decreases friction and pressure in the shoulder and allows the shoulder to heal faster.

Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective way of assisting the body to heal, without the side effects. Structural Chiropractors focus on treating the cause of the issue, not just the symptoms.

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Pregnancy and Chiropractic

What changes does the body go through during pregnancy and how can chiropractic care help?

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing as you are growing a brand new human inside of you. However, while this is happening, it causes a lot of changes in your own body too. Different changes happen throughout different parts of your pregnancy and will differ from mother to mother, as no two pregnancies are the same. While these will be different for everyone, these are some of the changes you can expect as you progress through your pregnancy.

First trimester in pregnancy

It is very common during early pregnancy to feel very fatigued and low on energy, as your body adapts to all the changes it is going through. It’s also common to experience some nausea and vomiting due to the pregnancy hormones, these may also cause some emotional symptoms. You will likely need to urinate more as the baby starts growing and starts pressing on your bladder. Heartburn, constipation, and lightheadedness are all common in the first trimester. You will also start noticing skin, breast, vaginal, and stomach changes.

Second trimester in pregnancy

Most women have a lot more energy in the second trimester than they do in the first trimester, and are less likely to experience nausea and vomiting. Your stomach will continue to grow as your baby does. Your skin will continue to change. You may start experiencing pain in your legs due to the growing baby placing pressure on nerves and blood vessels. You may also start to experience pain in your back, hips, and pelvis. This can be because of the pressure your growing belly is putting on these areas, and because your ligaments start to relax to allow your pelvis to move in order to be ready for childbirth. You may also experience some stomach pain as the muscles and ligaments supporting your uterus stretch.

Third trimester in pregnancy

It’s normal to start to feel fatigued again. You will feel your baby start to move more and are likely experience some swelling throughout your body due to slower blood circulation and fluid retention. Some women experience numbness and tingling in your arm and legs due to increased pressure on the nerves throughout your body. You will likely still experience the same types of pain as you did in the second trimester.

How can chiropractic assist me through my pregnancy journey?

As you can see above your body goes through numerous changes as you go through your pregnancy journey. It is important to give your body as much support as you can throughout this time, and chiropractic is a safe and natural way to assist your body to be as strong and healthy as it can be while you are growing a baby inside of you. There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be utilised for the pregnant body, and all chiropractors are trained in how to provide care specific for a pregnant person. Here are just some of the ways that chiropractic can assist you on your pregnancy journey.

1. Lower back pain

As your stomach grows this changes your posture, your weight bearing, and the way you walk. All of this puts stress on the joints of the lower spine, which can sometimes result in lower back pain. Chiropractic is able to get those joint moving and functioning properly, which decreases the stress on them, and regularly results in less pain.

2. Balance pelvis

The ligaments of the pelvis relax and the pelvis expands as the baby grows. This however can sometimes cause weakness and pain in the hips and pelvis. Chiropractic makes sure all of the joints are moving and functioning well, so as they move and change they are still strong, stable, and balanced. This can decrease pain levels and allows the pelvis to safely expand to allow room for the baby to grow and move into the best position possible.

3. Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain during pregnancy is usually caused by stretching of the ligaments that are attached to the uterus, as the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby. This tends to cause cramping and discomfort. There are specific chiropractic techniques, such as Webster technique, that help to relax these ligaments to ease pain and cramping as they stretch.

4. Decrease pain killers

Anything that the mother ingests, the baby will also take into their system. Chiropractic has been shown to remove up to 85% of pain symptoms that pregnant people experience, thus reducing the need for painkillers, and decreasing the baby’s exposure to these medications while in the womb.

5. Increase nervous system function

Chiropractic is all about removing interference from the nervous system so that it can work at its best. As the nervous system is the master controller of all body systems, including the reproductive system, chiropractic care allows the body to function at its best while it is going through all the changes of pregnancy. This is why people notice other benefits other than those mentioned above, such as increased energy and less heartburn, and why chiropractic is extremely beneficial in all stages of pregnancy.

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5 Reasons to go to the Child Chiropractor

Are you a parent and want to know how a child Chiropractor can improve your child’s posture, overall health and well being?

No parent wants to see their children in pain or constantly sick, but it does happen from time to time.  Children occasionally get headaches, suffer from allergies, get earaches, have back pain and most have terrible postures.  Basically, the list is endless.  As a parent, you know that children are like magnets to injuries, pain, and illness.  Although most are minor, care should be sought, but where should you turn?  Instead of heading to your child’s GP, head to a local chiropractor for chiropractic care.  Why?

1 – A Child Chiropractor can Safety Treat Your Child

Chiropractic care is gentle, natural and non invasive.  A child chiropractor knows and has several tools and techniques to adjust your child’s spine ever so gently. For that reason, it is safe.  If your child experiences pain and discomfort, their primary care physician is likely to suggest over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe prescription medication.  This may work, but the pain usually returns.  Why?  They only mask the problem.  Yes, some forms of pain and discomfort may disappear on their own with time and self-care, but there may be a more serious underlying issue.  You will not know unless you turn to a chiropractor.  Their job is to treat the pain by going directly to the source and fixing the problem.

Chiropractic care involves manual, hands on, therapy.  Since medications are not prescribed and the hands provide treatment, it is safe for individuals of all ages, including children.

2 – A Child Chiropractor Can Treat a Wide Range of Problems

Many adults mistakenly believe that chiropractors only treat spinal, back, and neck problems.  Yes, this is their specialty, but more is offered.  For example, did you know that a chiropractor can treat and lessen the onset of earaches and ear infections?  They can.  Blocked draining pathways cause most ear infections.  Chiropractic adjustments are used to open up those pathways and promote the proper flow of fluid.  Basically, if your child is experiencing pain, no matter how often or severe, a chiropractor can provide relief and that relief is usually long-lasting.

3 – It Is Easy to Find a Child Chiropractor

If you are unfamiliar with chiropractic care, you may have not given any thought to the offices in your area.  You may have driven past one each day on the way to work.  A standard google internet search can find you a local chiropractor. Be sure to check out their google reviews. Call and schedule an appointment for your child.  It really is as easy as that!

4 – The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Your Child

There are many benefits to chiropractic care.  As previously stated, medications are not prescribed.  Treatment is natural and safe.  It is also long-lasting, as chiropractors do not mask the pain, they treat it.  As a parent, this should be very important.  Successful chiropractic care can allow your child to return to their happy normal self.  Reduced pain and increased mobility means more fun and less suffering even into their adulthood.

Potential benefits of Chiropractic care for babies and kids:

  • Encourages good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  • Supports overall health and well being.
  • Helps strengthen immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
  • Assists with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
  • Helps with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
  • Encourages good spinal posture.
  • Helps improve concentration.
  • Assists with behavioural disorders.
  • Helps alleviate digestive problems.
  • Assists with bed-wetting and sleep issues.

Check out the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association website and the articles below for some great information.

5 – Some Health Insurance Policies Cover Chiropractic Care

It is no secret that raising kids is expensive.  Add in the cost of medical care, and the overall cost soars.  Luckily, many insurance providers extend coverage for chiropractic care.  If your family is not covered by medical insurance, there are still benefits to seeking care.  Just look for a chiropractor with affordable rates or one who is willing to set up a flexible payment plan.

 

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Is Chiropractic Just for Back & Neck Pain?

Chiropractic Care, is it just about back and neck pain or is there more to it?

Chiropractic care can help with many things other than your back and neck pain. So, what is Chiropractor care exactly? Read on to find out.

The goal of Chiropractic care is to enhance your body’s function via the nervous system via the spine. Chiropractic care is about improving the motion of the joints of the spinal column (vertebrae) and therefore improving the nervous system. Your Chiropractor can also improve the motion of the joints of the rest of the body if needed. 

The spine has two main functions:

(1) to provide support & allow movement

(2) to house & protect your spinal cord/nerves

The function of the nervous system:

The nervous system controls the function of every cell/tissue/organ in your body. Messages are transmitted from your brain, down your spinal cord, across exiting nerves to a particular body part; and then back up to your brain again.

These messages can be interrupted by spinal misalignments and this can affect and lower the function of the body part they are innervating.

A great deal of our clients visit us for wellbeing and maintenance check ups. Similar to how you may visit your dentist to have your teeth checked. You can visit a Chiropractor to have your spine checked and to prevent problems and damage. 

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So why should I care about misaligned joints?

When your joints (any joint) are misaligned, they cannot move optimally. When a joint does not move optimally, 3 things happen:

1. The stabilising muscles that support that joint become lazy and weak. How?

Just like having a cast on your arm or leg, without moving the joints for just 1-2 months you will see a huge reduction of muscle tone and strength.

2. Nerve connection to that part of the body diminishes.

As the joints and muscles lose their movement and strength, the brains ability to send information to that part of the body also diminishes. Why? The brain uses the receptors in these joints and muscles to function correctly therefore with a lack of motion and activity, the brain can’t do its job properly. It’s use it or lose it for the body, brain and nerve connections.

3. Damage and degeneration (osteoarthritis) occurs.

More specific to the spine, without proper movement of the joints and strength of the muscles of the spine, the spinal curves lose their most functional shape and instead of acting like springs to distribute everyday forces, all the forces go onto the bones and discs of the spine and cause degeneration, damage/injury and other dysfunctions to occur. Note: this can happen anywhere in the body and in any joint.

Why is muscle strength important? (more specifically the deep stabilising muscles)

The deep stabilising muscles and their strength and activity are important because when they are not supporting a joint properly a whole host of problems can arise.

These muscles keep the joints in their proper position… so when they are weak:

a) The joint is not getting any support.
b) It’s not in its optimal position.
c) Keeps locking up and lacks proper movement.
d) The muscles keep getting weaker.
e) The cycle keeps getting worse over time.
f) Creates damage inside the bones, joints, discs and nerves.

This weakness and instability within the deep stabilising muscles also creates tightness and stiffness in and around the bigger muscles around the body such as the chest, shoulders, lower back, buttock and even arms and legs, creating a whole chain of improper movement and stress through the body.

What else is Chiropractic care good for?

As I write this, I have helped people with:

-Vertigo (a specific type of dizziness that’s debilitating)
-Other types of dizziness and lightheadedness
-Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
-TMJ pain (jaw pain)
-Headaches
-Migraines
-Cluster headaches
-Sinus problems
-Pregnancy related problems
-Breach baby/babies (turning the baby)
-Infant related problems such as colic, feeding issues, sleep issues, digestive issues, developmental delays.
-Childhood disorders such as bed wetting, improving concentration, behavioural disorders.

Other more obvious conditions:

-Shoulder pain
-Frozen Shoulder
-Hip pain
-Knee pain
-Elbow Pain
-Ankle/foot pain
-Wrist/hand pain
-Postural issues

For treatment and a check up you can visit our Revolution Chiropractic and wellness clinic in Auckland, North Shore. 

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Is Chiropractic Treatment a Life Long Commitment?

Chiropractic Treatment, is it a lifelong commitment?

The answer to that question is really up to your preference and how you prioritise your overall health. Is Chiropractic treatment and keeping your health well maintained one of your priorities? Or are you too busy to care about your health?

Chiropractic treatment is a great way to take care of your body. Whether it’s getting you out of pain, creating better posture or just improving your overall wellness and health, it is a great for you in many ways.

Most chiropractors design a care plan that starts with more frequent visits and it usually tapers down over a period of several weeks or months depending on the severity of your condition. However, do they ever tell you to stop coming in for chiropractic treatment? If not; are they just wanting your money or do they genuinely care about your health?

Structural Chiropractic Treatment

If you’re looking to correct the underlying problems in your spine and set up a strong and healthy foundation, you need structural chiropractic treatment to optimise the shape and curves of your spine and this is not going to happen in 1 or 2 visits. Although amazing things can and do happen in just a few chiropractic treatments, it does not mean that your problem is completely fixed at its core. It’s physiologically impossible for your body to go through such changes in such a short period of time.

For example, most people know how long it usually takes to restructure the teeth. A lot of people either have had braces in their lifetime or have known someone that has. Restructuring the teeth usually takes 18-24 months! Applying this to your spine, it would be outrageous to think a chiropractor can fix your back in just a couple of visits. Remember, symptom relief is NOT the same is fixing the problem.

Initial Chiropractic Treatment

The reason why Structural Chiropractors see their clients more frequently for a few weeks or months to start with is because the areas of the spine that have misalignments, have been in a misaligned position for days, weeks, months or even years so the muscles and ligaments around these joints are extremely weak. To build the strength of these muscles and ligaments again, we have to keep adjusting those joints and with doing do, there’s immediate muscle activation around them which makes them strong again which keep your spine well supported so everything can heal from within.

Strengthening muscles takes time. Everybody knows this. Have you ever gone to the gym and done one workout and felt like you have gained your maximum strength?

Protective Chiropractic Treatment

After the initial phase of chiropractic treatment, you’ll be shown your results and your chiropractor will give you recommendations on what they think is the best way to go forward but they will also tell you that it’s up to you to decide. Do you want to stop your chiropractic treatment and let your body go backwards again? Or do you want some less frequent visits to protect what you’ve achieved and go further into obtaining wellness and health?

Being on protective chiropractic treatment is much like keeping up your fitness by continuing to go to the gym or play in some kind of sport, or keeping your health optimum by eating the right foods.

If you eat well for 3 months and then let it all go again, what you achieved will all be reversed. if you go to the gym for 6 months and get fitter and stronger than you were before but then let it go again, what you achieved will all be reversed. Same thing can happen when you use chiropractic treatment to get your body structure nice and strong again, but then let it all go, your body will change and go backwards.

Chiropractors are more interested in preserving and maintaining your health through chiropractic treatment. We are just keeping your body well serviced like a car to allow it to function better and prevent future problems as much as possible. In the end, it is up to you whether or not you want to keep your body well serviced and maintained.

For treatment and a check-up, you can visit our Revolution Chiropractic and wellness clinic in Auckland, North Shore. 

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How To Reduce/Avoid Jet Lag

When flying for long hours (even just 3 hours), we can start to experience certain symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, confusion or just feeling zombie-like.

What is it?

This is called jet lag. It’s what happens when the part of your brain called the hypothalamus (centre that controls sleep cycles, appetite and temperature) is conflicted with its “inner time” and your new “outer time”. Further symptoms may include insomnia, GI problems, joint and muscle pain and stiffness, and reduced fitness.

A New Zealand survey from 1994 of international flight attendants found that, despite being used to long air travel, 90% had fatigue over the first 5 days of arrival, 94% had lack of energy/motivation, 93% had broken sleep and 70% had ear, nose or throat issues.

Scientists have estimated that it takes 1 full day to recover for every hour of time difference. Which means that if you took a flight from New Zealand to Singapore, it would take about 4 days before you feel right.

The direction you travel can affect how intense the symptoms are since it’s easier for our bodies to delay our “inner time” than to speed it up. Travelling east is more difficult on the body compared to travelling west.

 

So how do you manage it?

 

  1. Plan it out

    -You should expect symptoms to take place after long-haul flights and so you should always plant accordingly. If you have a meeting on Thursday morning, consider arriving 1-2 days in advance instead of getting there Wednesday night and possibly having to struggle through it.

  2. Nutrition

    -There is a fasting protocol that can minimize jet lag symptoms. It’s called the Argonne fasting diet. However, it is a little intense, so below is a modified version that you can try if you’re interested.

    -On the day of travel, eat normal meals leading up to your flight, then fast immediately before and during your flight while hydrating by drinking plenty of water. Eat soon after landing as close to local meal time as possible. Time your fast 14-24 hours before your next planned meal in your new time zone. Then have your normal eating schedule based on local time.

  3.  Exercise

    -Most preferably outdoors since it affects your circadian rhythm and improves mood. Light is the most powerful signal for our internal biological clocks, so it can help reduce jet lag.

    -It’s helpful to train at the same time you’d train at home. So if you normally workout at 9 am at home and you travel to London, try your best to train at 9 am London time and do it outside. This helps your muscles and tissues adapt to the new time zone.

    -If you’re feeling exhausted then a high intensity cardio workout might not be in the cards… but a light bodyweight workout or some stretching is definitely helpful. Do what you can, at your usual time, and again, preferably OUTSIDE.

  4.  Supplements

    a)Melatonin is a hormone in your body that helps control its circadian rhythm, which plays a role in when we sleep and wake up. Melatonin is dependent on the amount of light you’re exposed to. When there’s light, melatonin release is stopped. When it’s dark, melatonin release is stimulated.
    -The time you take it is important. Do NOT take melatonin before leaving for a trip or it will make the jet lag worse. Wait until you land in the new time zone to supplement 1 hour before normal bedtime at your new location. Continue for 3 nights or until you’ve adjusted.

    b)Pycnogenol has been studied for its effect of reducing jet lag symptoms. It reduces cerebral and joint edema or swelling, which leads to less short-term memory problems, fatigue problems, and cardiac issues. It has also shown to decrease deep vein thrombosis and superficial vein thrombosis, which are both common side effects of long flights.
    -Take it for 3 times a day for up to 5 days (max 7 days) after landing.

Our human bodies haven’t fully adapted to travelling long distances by air… and they probably never will. So jet lag remains a part of life if you’re exposing yourself to this kind of travel. Fortunately, with proper planning and preparation, you can reduce its effects and even prevent it from happening!

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