It’s vacation time, and if you’re hopping on a plane and traveling further than Phoenix, you may feel the dreaded jet lag. David Earnest, who studies circadian rhythms at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, says the effects of jet lag become worse when flying east to west. “This is because out body clocks are trying to advance to an earlier time, which is not as easy as adjusting to a later time gap,” he says.
To offer some relief, he gives flyers tips on easing the lag time. Catch a red eye flight and sleep on the plane, while on the place, avoid sleep aids but consider melatonin therapy and pass on the alcohol or caffeine. Before you leave, adjust your schedule by moving sleep and meal times gradually (one hour per day), and when you get there, don’t delay in checking out your new destination. Earnest explains that exposure to sunlight will help the body adjust.
It’s also a good thing to get to bed earlier, but trying to sleep off jet lag isn’t the best solution. According to Ernest, it causes a delayed adjustment, increasing your risk of illness.
If you’re staying home this weekend, there are plenty of amazing happenings around the city. Here are some of our favorites:
If you’re feeling stressed and need a little relaxation and serenity in your life, you may enjoy Lavender in the Village. The Village of Los Ranchos, celebrates lavender season with fresh-cut bouquets, lavender-infused products, and more this Saturday, from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m at the Agri-Nature Center. There will be a variety of activities including open-air yoga, a kids farm camp, live music, educational exhibits, seminars, and cooking and healing with lavendar workshops. Tickets are $8 and available here.
Block Party on Central
Get your kicks with Route 66 Summerfest this Saturday from 2–10:30 p.m. Central Avenue will be closed to traffic between Washington Boulevard and Girard Boulevard for this ultimate summer block party were you can enjoy bites from local food vendors and food trucks and sip local libations from Cork & Tap. This family-friendly fiesta also features a kids’ zone, car show, and even a group wedding, all while live music fills the air. For a complete schedule of this rain-or-shine event click here, and don’t forget about event Park & Ride at University and Lomas, with shuttle service from 2-11 p.m.
Calling Vintage Fans
Sister Bar will host Moonstone Saturdays, a vintage-lifestyle pop up, this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. In addition to vinyl records, vintage clothing, local pottery, locally made fine jewelry, and oddities, Spectacle Caravan will also be onsite, offering its unique, mobile boutique shopping experience. Step inside Spectacle’s remodeled Airstream travel trailer for selections of jewelry, home goods, even makeup. This free 21 and over event does welcome children with a guardian.