Did you know children experience jet lag just as adults do? Often, it is very hard for them as they do not know what they are going through. Adults know what it takes to get back into their normal routine. What about children? Do they know how to handle jet lag? Usually, they don’t.
“Jet lag” is something that happens as a result of going on a long distance plane trip, where you are going from one time zone to another and your body cannot adjust automatically. This is hard for your natural body clock, that is used to a certain rhythm it has been accustomed to. Helping children deal with jet lag can be helpful if you take the time, so that the first few days of a trip can be better for them and more enjoyable for everyone.
Your body is used to its normal patterns of when you eat and sleep. Children can be very miserable and not know why, when they experience jet lag. For this reason, it is good not to plan too much activity on the first few days of your vacation. Let your child sleep whenever they get the chance and give them time to get over the initial fatigue.
In a couple of days you should start trying to get your child back on their normal routine. If your child is waking up during the night, do not let them get up. Try keeping them quiet as long as you can and let them know it is still night time.
If your child becomes tired during the day, it is not wise to try and keep them up. This can cause a lot of havoc. Instead, let them take a nap, but wake them soon so they will sleep during the night and can get back into their normal routine quickly. Perhaps follow the nap with activity which uses up energy.
Make sure you follow your normal eating routines as well. This helps, so your child is not waking up in the middle of the night hungry. If they are asleep when it is time to eat, wake them. After they eat, play with them to help them get back onto the normal schedule. This will help by lengthening the amount of time your child will stay awake during daytime hours and help them sleep more during night time hours.
Children usually adjust within a week from jet lag. They are pretty adaptable. Knowing how to handle the jet lag and helping them get through this time is advantageous for you and for them. Work together, and don’t forget to get some rest yourself, after all you have to be there for them when they are awake. Don’t you want to enjoy your vacation? You can, if you make your children more aware of what is happening and help them to cope.