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Please share your best recovery tips.

Posted anonymously, 8th September 2016

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  • Normal structure ! Don’t go for sleeps during the day because you’re tired, rather go on time to bed and on time out of bed. When falling asleep at normal times causes a problem you can use a herbal sleeping aid like melantonin. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland , a small gland in the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement. I used it in the past during and after night shifts and also during and after travelling in different time zones. You can buy it in many health food stores or online.

  • Plenty of water before, during and after flights seems to help. Hydration is so important.

  • Sleep, sleep and sleep seems to help. The other tips are useful too.

  • Got to get straight into time and not sleep if it is not bed time i.e. dont have afternoon naps. set alarm and no matter how difficult to get up you have to get up at your normal time i.e. 7.30am even if you have not had much sleep and the best way to avoid jet lag is go for a long walk or run late afternoon early evening and it will tire you out with fresh air and exercise.

  • Just a quiet place to sleep with no one to bother you. Then get back into day/night routine as soon as possible (even if the first day is very short because you napped so much, or the night is cut short because you have to get up). It takes a few days. Don’t expect too much of yourself during that time. Maybe ask GP as well because medication can help extreme cases.

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