Jet lag (dysrhythmia) has by many been dismissed as merely an unpleasant side-effect of air travel, but new research suggests that the body clock is often not synchronized with an air traveller's new time zone causing common problems such as fatigue, poor concentration, trouble sleeping, irritability, minor depression, altered estimation of time and distance and digestive problems. The research also showed that more serious problems like memory loss, shrinkage of parts of the brain, negative impact on blood pressure and was even implicated in the incidence of cancer. Studies show that jet lag worsens with age, particularly after age 50.
The symptoms are at their worst in the first two days after crossing three or more time zones. The general rule is that, without any specialized treatment, adjustment time takes about a day for each time zone crossed. However, if left untreated, two or three weeks may be needed to completely realign all rhythms correctly.
For many travelers jet lag can certainly put a kink in a long awaited vacation.
So how can we combat jet lag? There are certainly no lack of products on the market claiming to beat the jet lag blues.
According to Helen Murphy, Sr. Editor, Health & Wellness Advice at Consumer Review a good jet lag remedy should contain clinically proven ingredients such as GABA, DMAE, L-ornithine, L-theanine, Magnesium and more. A good formula, should provide a dual action ‘relax and refresh’ benefit: to de-stress and relax during the travel itself plus optimize balance and re-tune circadian rhythms upon arrival at your destination.
Ms. Murphy’s recommends three products, Research Verified Jet Lag Relief (#1 top pick, but often out of stock), NO-JET-LAG, (#2 pick, and sold on Amazon), and Jet Lag Rapid Reset (#3 pick).
There is another option on the market now, however, that seem quite popular - the pocket-size Litebook Edge.
A light therapy device. Light therapy is a natural, non-pharmaceutical method to help the body adjust to a new time zone by emitting rays of bright light that mimics the sun. It can be effective enough to actually adjust the body's internal clock up to six times zones in one day. There may even be an added bonus of raising levels of alertness and enhance moods.
You can purchase the Litebook Edge on Amazon for $162. Is it worth the steep price? The New York Jets seem to think so! They recently sent their players to London with the device to help combat jet lag before a big game. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27-14.
It is becoming more and more common for travel suppliers to provide vouchers rather than cash refunds. If a credit is provided as a nice gesture for something that went wrong, or you are unhappy with the service provided, this may be acceptable.
More and more often, however, travel suppliers are offering vouchers when this option seem very unfair to the recipient. Let's say your flight or your cruise was cancelled. Should you have to take their voucher as compensation?
This seems to be an area where better regulations are needed, but you should always say no to vouchers. Very often companies are required to offer you cash, but will try to make you believe that you don't have a choice.
Vouchers often have black-out dates and an expiration date. You may be told that the voucher expires in a year, what they often don't tell you is that it is a year from when the ticket was purchased, not a year from when you would receive your voucher.
Make sure you read the fine print on the voucher before you agree to accepting it. If you don't like the terms, ask for a better deal, or a refund. Otherwise, you may never be able to use the credit.
This is also one of the main reasons why, when purchasing travel insurance you should use a third party travel insurance company rather than purchasing insurance through the supplier. When you are insured through the supplier you will very often be reimbursed in vouchers, not cash.
The latest addition to Iceland’s vibrant craft beer scene is Kaldi’s Beer Spa. Located in the village of Árskógarsandur close to Akureyri in North Iceland. Guests can now literally bathe in beer in one of the spa's seven tubs. The owners of Kaldi claim that bathing in the beer can have health benefits.
The spa opened last summer offers visitors an opportunity to bathe in tubs filled with beer, warm water, hops and yeast, while drinking cold Kaldi craft beer from tap. Each tub can accommodate two people. Guests relax for 25 minutes before moving on to another room for another 25 minutes of beer based treatment.
This is Iceland’s first beer spa, and it has been very popular with locals as well as tourists so it is a good idea to make reservations.
The spa is modeled after popular Czech beer baths. Beer spas are quite common in the Czech Republic and most of the largest Czech breweries operate spas that attract beer-lovers from all over the world. The Czechs believe that bathing in beer is good for the skin and that it’s overall a revitalizing experience for your mind and body.
For anyone interested in craft beer you will not only get a fascinating insight into micro-brewing in Iceland but also about the culture and background to brewing and alcohol promotion in the country.
Lene H. Minyard