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Health Tip: Minimize Jet Lag

Observe sleep and meal times in new time zone

(HealthDay News) -- It's difficult to eliminate jet lag altogether, but there are things you can do to minimize symptoms of poor sleep, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help ease jet lag:

  • Before you leave, get plenty of sleep. Once you arrive in the new time zone, adhere to local bedtimes and wake times.
  • Eat well-balanced, healthy meals and follow the regular meal schedule of the new time zone.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol, and don't overeat.
  • Exercise as much as possible.
  • Use sleep medications sparingly.
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