Three words all travellers dread: jet lag hell. Do you sleep on long-haul flights? The chances are you don’t, and at the end of your journey you stagger off the plane bleary-eyed. And the next few days are a sleep-deprived blur of waking at odd hours, cutting into precious holiday/work time. It’s one of the hazards of a 15-hour trip Australia-Dubai or a 24-hour trip from here to London, or anywhere in Europe, or 12 hours to Los Angeles. And don’t even talk about getting to the East Coast of the US. Pfft!
I usually travel economy class and don’t take sleeping pills. Medically, pills aren’t recommended because of the risk of deep vein thrombosis – also called Economy Class Syndrome. But I have a weapon at my disposal now, called FeelGood IQ. It’s a stress-busting program which includes relaxation techniques (10-minute controlled breathing sessions) which can be downloaded to your phone or iPod. Just plug in your earphones and you are transported to a deep meditative state where quality sleep comes easily.
On a recent long-haul trip I took FeelGood IQ with me and this is what happened: I actually slept for a while in cattleclass and my jetlag was so reduced at my destination I took only a day or so to adjust my sleeping pattern. First time ever!
The whole FeelGood IQ program is designed to reduce stress, put you in touch with a calmer state of mind, and boost energy levels. Each audio session combines over 80 tracks of voice, music, subliminal coaching, guided imagery and binaural and monaural beats into a powerful, multi-layered audio composition, designed to deepen your learning state.
Benefits I’ve noticed (other than being able to sleep on a plane): reduced anxiety, more focused, and exploring that delicious space called mindfulness. I continue to use the breathing session program to help me relax. A friend gave it to me as a gift, but it’s not expensive, so go gift yourself. Go to www.feelgoodiq.com for details. Or go to the link below for our special deal.
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For maintaining your health in economy class: www.thetraveldoctor.co.uk also recommends:
- Regular stretching and mobility exercises and if possible walking around the cabin during the flight.
- Drinking sufficient fluids to keep the urine pale.
- Taking a low dose aspirin tablet (75mg) for its anti-adhesive effects on blood platelets.
- The use of graded compression stockings. These are available at most pharmacies and are marketed specifically for use during long haul flights.
*Picture courtesy of Emirates – which has better leg room in economy than many other airlines.