When our destination is located
in a different time zone, our internal clock (circadian clock) is disturbed and
the famous “jetlag” awaits us! Fatigue, restless sleep and loss of
appetite are the most common ailments. When you have diabetes, it is important
to be well prepared, especially when the jet lag exceeds three hours. In this
case, you should plan an adaptation of your treatment with your doctor, if you
are on insulin. Here are 7 good tips for managing jet lag with confidence.
I ask about jet lag
First thing to do: know the time
difference between France and the country of arrival. When it is less than 2 or
3 hours, modification of the insulin regimen is, in principle, not necessary.
However, you will have to check yourself more frequently. For that the insulin travel case is essential.
I discuss it with my doctor
Regardless of the time difference, it is important to raise the subject with your doctor before the trip. It will help adjust the insulin treatment if necessary (for example, adding a dose).
When the difference is greater
than three hours, a change is necessary but it will not be the same depending
on whether you are traveling west, you will have to add insulin or east, you
will have to take less .
Your doctor will be able to adapt
your treatment not only for the stay, but also to approach the return. We will
leave with a free spirit.
The day before departure, I relax
In order not to be exhausted as
soon as you get on the plane, you must try to rest the day before departure.
This implies having prepared your suitcase a few days in advance, to avoid any
last minute stress.
Before, during and after the flight, I
Whether you have diabetes or not,
to suffer less from the famous jet lag, it is advisable to rest as much as
possible during the flight and not to consume stimulants (coffee, alcohol,
tobacco, etc.). Once there, the first day, you should try to limit your
physical activity and your exposure to the sun. For the diabetic travel case also the requirement is
I take my treatment when necessary
Keep in mind that the body always
needs insulin, including between meals. By plane, we think of his fast insulin
when the meal is served. When you wear a pump, you make the necessary boluses
based on meals and blood sugar.
I only change the time of my watch or my insulin pump once I am there
First, leave your watch at the
time of the country of departure and this for the duration of the flight. It is
not set to local time until arrival.