Congratulations! You’re officially married! Now it’s time to pack that fancy dress off to the dry cleaners for preservation, grab your suitcases, and head off on your honeymoon with your newlywed honey.
Chances are, that honeymoon involves flying off to a brand new locale far from home. Don’t let jet lag get between you and enjoying this luxurious vacation with your spouse. Here are four simple ways that you can quickly improve your reaction to changing time zones and enjoy more of your vacation!
1. Follow the Light
If you can, spend as much time outside in the natural light as you can in your new destination. If it’s bright out, it will help your body to wake up. Having a meal outside will help your body react to the sun’s rays.
If the sun is setting, not only is it incredibly romantic to watch the sun set together, the onset of darkness will also help you and your partner begin to feel sleepy. Being exposed to a lot of light or a lack of light affects circadian rhythms, which govern when you get sleepy.
2. Take Naps
Conventional wisdom has indicated that naps will actually harm your sleep schedule in a new place, but that’s not the case. Short naps can be the solution for resetting your sleep schedule so that you can sleep when it’s time to do so within your new time zone, according to the New York Times. In fact, Dr. Charles Czeisler, Director of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recommended a 30 to 60-minute nap.
A short nap will give you the energy to make it to a normal bedtime for the given time zone without keeping you up late and perpetuating the cycle of tiredness.
3. Watch What You drink
Try to avoid chugging caffeinated beverages to stay awake, scientists told the New York Times, because “half the amount of caffeine you consume stays in your system for six to nine hours.”
Be careful with your alcohol intake as well, since alcohol will cause your sleep to be lower in quality and disrupted. Huffington Post recommends leaving four hours between the bottom of your last drink and heading to bed to have the highest quality of sleep. And of course, drink plenty of water.
4. Get Intimate with Your Spouse
We all know the real reason that the honeymoon exists as a tradition is to give newlyweds the time and space to get intimate without the interruption of the day-to-day. If you’re sleeping together, why not sleep together… if you know what I mean? Orgasms can help your body to relax enough to sleep, so make sure you both have at least one!
According to a 2015 study, getting enough sleep is incredibly important to the promotion of healthy sexual desire. Having a healthy amount of sex can also help to create a healthy sleep pattern, according to the same study. So getting intimate is not only good for your relationship, it’s good for your overall health as well! Give it a shot, and have a great time!