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Health Tip: Plan Ahead to Minimize Jet Lag

Keep an eye on food, drink and schedule

(HealthDay News) -- While it's difficult to adjust to a new time zone, a little prep work can make the transition easier.

The American Academy of Family Physicians advises:

  • Make sure you are well rested before leaving.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Stick to well-balanced, healthy meals, and avoid overeating.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • If you use medication to help you sleep, use it for as short a period as possible.
  • Go to sleep and wake up based on the new time zone as quickly as possible.

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