Is jet lag a real problem?
Jet lag is a chronobiological disruption to our body’s natural circadian rhythms caused by a change in time zones (usually three or more). Although there have been no formal studies into the effects of Vedic meditation on jet lag that we know of, it is one of the most commonly reported epiphenomena of our practice.
The theory is that by resetting the body’s nervous system every time we meditate, we can adjust to the new time zone almost instantaneously, reducing or eliminating the disorienting effects of a de-synchronised rhythm with our environment.
In addition to this, meditation has a number of other powerful characteristics which make the flying experience smoother.
How does Vedic meditation help?
When we meditate with personalised mantras, we get powerful levels of rest (2 – 5 times deeper than the deepest point in sleep) which is why it can be so beneficial on long-haul flights when sleep can invariably be interrupted.
We can practise this style of meditation anywhere, including when sitting upright. In fact, sitting like this is the optimal position for Vedic meditation. So if we are struggling to sleep, we can compensate by undertaking plentiful meditation during the flight.
It will also enhance the immune system so that we have greater resistance to all of the airborne germs circulating through the ventilation system. Meditation is also hugely supportive to a key region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for all of our memory formation and recall, as well as our spatial navigation. This region is often damaged by atrophy in frequent flyers and particularly so in flight crews.
And lastly, it makes a flight go much more quickly, so that you can glide through your journey in a totally relaxed fashion, and arrive at your destination feeling clear, energised and ready to go.