Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, and her husband Prince Philip board a plane flying to Perth from Melbourne airport. FILE PHOTO
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, and her husband Prince Philip board a plane flying to Perth from Melbourne airport. FILE PHOTO

The Queen’s $1 jet lag cure

IT'S fair to say that the Queen is one of the world's most experienced travellers.

So if her majesty has a trick for dealing with jet lag, we should all be paying attention.

According to the Independent, she relies on homoeopathic medicines and barley sugar - which can be bought from the supermarket for $1 - to get her adjusted to different time zones.

Barley sugar boiled sweets aren't a magic cure-all, but they could help to kickstart the Queen's metabolism when she's abroad and get her hungry at the right times of day, The Sun reports.

"Carrying out your daily habits like eating and sleeping in line with your new destination's time zone - both en-route and on arrival - helps re-synchronise our body clock to our new environment," general practitioner Dr Nick Knight told The Telegraph.

"What the Queen is doing by having barley sugar is essentially using her body's sugar metabolic pathways to help adjust her body clock.

"Essentially the same should happen if you were to have your breakfast, lunch and dinner at times that match your destination before you get there, regardless of whether you're hungry or not."

Her Majesty isn't the only seasoned traveller with ideas about how to beat jet lag.

There are a range of theories ranging from the bog-standard to the completely bonkers that claim to work.

 

WALK BAREFOOT

Ditching the effects of a long haul flight could be as easy as kicking off your shoes and rubbing your feet in the dirt.

Known as "earthing" or "grounding", the process claims you can rejuvenate your body by connecting it to the negative electrical charge that flows through the earth.

Wellbeing expert Dave Asprey claims flying can disrupt the electrical charge in our body's water cells, resulting in the tired feeling we know as jet lag.

"When you go up in an aeroplane, you build up a static charge in your body that slows the mitochondrial function, so the battery in your body doesn't hold a charge as well because you were disconnected from the earth," he said.

But by "reconnecting" with the earth, Asprey claims we lessen the impact of an overseas flight.

"Your brain works better when your electrical system works better, and when your brain's working better, jet lag symptoms feel less severe," he said.

INVEST IN SOME LIGHT THERAPY GLASSES

Travellers can now buy a pair of light therapy glasses to wear on planes that help them adjust to the time zone of their destination before they even get there.

The glasses are so effective that football teams, including Australia's own Socceroos, are now wearing them to travel to international matches.

Light therapy glasses, which essentially expose your eyes to strategically coloured light, are used to regulate sleep patterns and can help reset body clocks to combat jet lag.

The blue-green colour is said to be effective in suppressing the production of melatonin, the hormone we start to produce at night as we're winding down for bed.

CHOOSE A PARTICULAR PLANE SEAT

Avoiding jet lag is all about where you sit on the plane, according to one sleep expert.

"Book a window seat so you can control your exposure to light and darkness during your flight," sleep expert Dr Michael Breus said.

"If you are going to nap, you have something to lean up against and no one climbing over you.

"Also, book your seat according to which side you normally sleep on.

"If your 'side' of the bed is the right, choose a right window."

 

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission.



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