Take These Things With You When You Travel So You Can Sleep Comfortably And Enjoy the Trip

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We all know that lack of sleep can ruin travel. Whether you’re on vacation, a family holiday, or simply a work trip on the other side of the country, a poor night of sleep can kill your journey, and everything it was meant to accomplish. So how do we ensure that sleep on the road is as sound as home in our own bed? While there are no miracle cures, there are certain methods we can use to give ourselves some advantages.

  1. Sleep When The Locals Sleep, And Use a Face Mask. Here’s a common scenario: woman flies to Europe for a work trip. She gets a fitful 45 minutes of sleep on the overnight flight. She arrives in the morning, local time, and immediately crashes in the hotel room, but wakes up in the mid afternoon to hit her first conference, feeling like she got hit by a truck. She slept poorly the first night and feels jetlagged for the duration. The better option would have been to stay awake upon landing, and going to bed only when it’s dark in the local time. If this person had stayed awake with coffee, then used a facemask to block out all electric light come sundown, she would have woken up the next morning much more refreshed, and had far more energy for the duration of her trip.
  2. Take Something To Sleep Better. There are numerous sleep drugs and natural sleep-inducing substances. Narcotics are sometimes prescribed by physicians, and these can work well, but they can also be expensive, hangover-causing, and habit-forming. Natural alternatives like cordyceps and Sambucus Elderberry Syrup are more affordable, and won’t leave you feeling sluggish or loopy the morning after. To maximize the effects of herbal remedies like these, avoid substances which could counteract their effects, like caffeine and alcohol. Follow this regimen rigorously, especially at the beginning of your trip. Once your body has fallen into a rhythm, you’ll be more able to follow your at-home routine (but according to local time), without upsetting your sleep cycles.
  3. White Noise App/Maker Or Noise-Cancelling Headphones. The body is constantly on the alert, even when we’re sleeping. We’re always listening out for unusual noises, so that we can jump out of sleep to fight off a burglar or lion or something (our instincts are running on old-school software and haven’t been significantly updated since humans’ early days) attacks us. We’re used to the common sounds of our home, but when we travel there are many new noises that our brains have yet to ignore, having determined that they are harmless. At night, block out these noises with a white noise app, a noise producing machine, or noise cancelling headphones. This gives the part of your mind that’s alert to noise during sleep a “blank slate”, so to speak, one which will make it feel like nothing is wrong, allowing you to sleep through the night without interruption.
  4. Work Out Clothes. Still feel like you’ll have trouble sleeping on your first couple of nights? Why not work out to use up extra energy? Most hotels have a small fitness facility, and you can always take a long job around town (just be careful in unfamiliar places). You’ll burn some extra pep, and be ready for rest when it’s time for bed.

 

 

 

 

No one likes being exhausted during travel. Take along the above items when you go on your next journey, and you’ll be able to sleep through the night and accomplish everything you need to during the day.

 

Are You Too Concerned About Your Health?

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We’re all familiar with the concept of the “health nut”. This stereotype is a person who is constantly preoccupied with their health and wellness. Almost like a positive form of hypochondria, the health obsessed individual is always exercising, always dieting, always trying some new way to be fitter/happier/more productive.

Being healthy isn’t bad in itself (obviously). But there’s clearly such a thing as being too concerned with health, to the point that the anxiety and obsession is a detriment to the wellness being sought. Are you too concerned with your health? Here are some ways to know for sure.

 

  1. It’s a Worry You Consider Every Single Day. All of us think about our health from time to time. We might have a health scare when we have a rash or a strange pain. We might remind ourselves not to overeat at the party, because we don’t want to gain weight and feel ill. But when this tips over into something unhealthy, these considerations about health and wellness become a near-constant preoccupation. If you have trouble living in the moment without worrying about one health issue or other, you might have a problem. Unless you are thinking about a real malady (and then taking steps to fix it), constantly marinating in health anxiety isn’t…well…healthy.
  2. Your Friends and Family Notice the Issue. Sometimes it’s hard to really know ourselves. We have a version of ourselves in our heads, but this isn’t the person that the people close to us know. If you are concerned that you might be overly troubled by health issues, why not ask the opinion of someone you trust. They might be able to confirm that you radiate anxiety, or that you actually don’t see bothered at all. Seeking an outside perspective can be a positive step toward a more balanced inner life.
  3. You Have Legitimate Problems But Don’t Accept Help. There are many people with illnesses that are difficult to detect or diagnose. There are numerous mental and physical illnesses which have phantom elements that are hard to pin down. This doesn’t mean they aren’t real. However, if you have symptoms like these, it’s important that you don’t let them isolate you. Talk to a qualified therapist, physician, or dietician, who can give you concrete steps to understanding and overcoming your problems. Some people with health anxieties treat their problems almost like a pet, one which needs constant attention. If your health problem is bigger than you can correct on your own, make sure you get help bearing the burden, so that hopefully you can find relief.
  4. You Have Deeper Fears About Life and Death. Death is part of life, and there’s no way to avoid it. It’s natural to have existential fears about death (and life), and sometimes these can manifest in an acute preoccupation with health and fitness. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy so that you can live longer (and be happier and more well during that longer duration). However, if you have unreconciled concerns about illness, pain, and death, it’s important to deal with these. Unresolved, these all-too-human worries can lead to a situation where you’re obsessed with health, but wherein you’re not able to enjoy the health you have.

It’s not a good thing to have deep-seated worry about health. Even though people like this can be physically healthy, the state of mind which pushes them to rigorous health practices may prevent them from being happy. Health stress can also lead to avoidable health problems. Deal with the anxieties that motive these preoccupations, and achieve health that is felt in body and mind.

Surprising Ways to Boost Your Immune System During Travel

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There’s nothing better than traveling somewhere new and exciting. And there’s nothing worse than getting sick once you get there. Don’t let illness take you away from your holiday. Instead, try these surprising ways to boost your immune system, so that you can stay fit as a fiddle for the duration of your stay, wherever in the world you happen to be visiting.

Our immune systems are complex things. The “system” is actually a complex array of systems, involving antibodies, which are cells that kill foreign microbes and other invaders like toxins. Maintaining a healthy immune system isn’t as simple as popping a single pill, but a combination of the below practices should give you some noticeable results, and make your time spent away from home a holiday to remember.

Natural Supplements

There are loads of natural products out there that may help to boost your immune system. Some of the most popular are cordyceps (a fungi that acts as a parasite on insects!), Sambucus Elderberry Syrup, and high quality ginseng products. Many traditional medicines like these haven’t undergone the rigorous studies that modern medications (which are often based upon molecules contained in these plant medicines) have.

Nonetheless, countless generations of physicians and patients have observed the positive effects of these substances, especially as they pertain to health and wellness. All of these can be had in easy-to-consume supplemental forms, from trusted retailers around the world and web.

Make Sleep a Priority

Our immune systems suffer when we’re not well rested. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common side effects of travel. We miss sleep on the plane, we get jet lag when we arrive, and we put off sleep to make sure we get the most exciting activities out of our days and nights. And while this might seem like the best way to make the most of your time, getting ill will sink our plans for fun and frolic.

Fight the urge to take a nap during your first experience of jet lag. Instead, wait until the sun goes down and sleep when the locals sleep. This will help you quickly acclimate to your new area, and give your body the regular rest it needs to keep your immune system in perfect working order.

Moderate Drinking and Other Partyrific Activities

Drinking alcohol suppresses the immune system. So does smoking tobacco and doing drugs and all that sort of thing. You may not be traveling to Ibiza, but if you’re planning to do even moderate drinking while away, consider the cost, especially if you’re unwell or not perfectly rested. Moderate your drinking, especially in the early days of your visit, and build up to a level that feels comfortable, as long as your body feels strong and reliable.

Spend Time in the Sun…But Not Too Much

Time spent in the sun, or swimming in the water, is a great way to boost the immune system. Vitamin D gleaned from sunlight, and exercise from play, both stimulate the immune system in positive ways. Of course, if you’re not used to this kind of thing, don’t overdo it at the beginning of your trip. A bad sunburn will have quite the opposite effect of a reasonable tan, when it comes to immune system strength.

Nobody wants to get sick while traveling. It has derailed a holiday for all of us, at one point or another, or at least that of someone we know. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep your immune system just as healthy, while away, as you would when you’re safe at home.