Don’t let jet lag, long flights, and sleeping in a new environment make you lose sleep! Andrea Donsky, holistic healthcare specialist, has some expert tips on how to keep your sleep schedule on track while traveling. We sat down with her to make sure you’re ready for your next trip.

What are the most common side effects of jet lag?

The biggest side effects I see from jet lag are difficulty concentrating, exhaustion, moodiness, or a general feeling of not functioning well. Of course, everybody is effected differently by not being able to sleep, but these are the most common issues.

How can you prevent them/treat them?

When traveling, our schedules and routines are typically disrupted, especially between time zones; I recommend adjusting your sleep schedule before you go on your trip (if you’re traveling east try going to bed one hour early, and if you’re travelling west try going to bed one hour late) for several nights, and if possible try to eat meals closer to the time you’ll be eating them at your destination. Try to limit any naps to 30 minutes if you’re feeling jetlagged on your trip, or else you won’t be able to sleep when the time does come!

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What’s your traveling routine when you know you’re going somewhere with a time change?

I try and go to bed as I normally would once I’m in my new destination and I take a few supplements to help support my sleep.

How can Dream Water help you ward off jet lag?

Dream Water is a great natural alternative to keeping your schedule on-track while you’re travelling. You can take it on the plane if you want to sleep on a long flight (it’s TSA compliant!), or if you’re looking to go to bed early and can’t seem to sleep you just take it half an hour before bed to help you wind down. It won’t make you groggy which is an added bonus. Instead it leaves you feeling refreshed and ready for your travel adventures the next morning.

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