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Get a Good Flight’s Sleep the Next Time You Travel

November 6, 2019 by  
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By Nilong Vyas, MD

For many people, getting sound sleep on an airplane flight is as elusive as seeing a unicorn. For this reason, airlines have spent millions of dollars developing their on-flight sleep environments to help their passengers get some shut-eye on long flights. Still, many passengers turn to medications because they’re available over the counter and are considered an easy fix. However, with a little planning before your flight, it’s possible to have a “good flight’s sleep” without turning to a pill.

First, it’s important to do your research and determine how many time zones you’ll be traveling through and what the time will be when you arrive at your destination. Plan to either sleep or be awake at your destination based on its time zone. For example, when traveling east to India from the United States, many flights arrive during the new country’s morning time. In this case, it’s important to sleep on the flight so you can be awake “with the natives” upon landing. In order to do that, provide yourself with the most ideal sleep environment possible. You may have to go to sleep before your body is ready to sleep. In that scenario, bring along a great eye mask that doesn’t allow any light to enter your eyes and is soft to wear and doesn’t get caught in your hair. Find a great set of noise-canceling headphones because they will drown out the excess noise that is common on planes and will also allow you to listen to quiet music, white noise, or guided meditation through your phone or device to help lull you to sleep. Finally, pack your favorite pj’s and a warm shawl or blanket and make sure to change into them once you board the plane. Being comfortable and at a comfortable temperature will help you get to sleep.

Even if you are unable to fall asleep on the plane, try to rest during the flight. Stay away from alcoholic beverages and drink plenty of water instead to stay hydrated. Finally, limit electronics because the blue light they emit from their screens will stimulate your retinas and cause wakefulness.

When you arrive at your destination, if it’s daytime, make sure that you get lots of light stimulation, either from sunlight or artificial light. This will keep your body from producing sleep-inducing melatonin. Try not to nap during the day, and get to sleep that night at a reasonable time (when the “natives” would be sleeping), which will get your sleep cycle back on track.

Happy sleep and safe travels!

About the Author: Nilong Vyas, MD, is a mom of two children and the founder and owner of Sleepless in NOLA sleep consulting, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sleepless in Seattle? Or Philadelphia? Or New York?

January 23, 2019 by  
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By Nilong Vyas, MD

Here’s how to solve sleep problems while traveling.

Insomnia can be a critical issue when traveling, when you need to be somewhere important and need to be rested; or mentally prepared for a meeting at work the next day. Most people reach for the quick fix of an over the counter pill such as melatonin, ZzzQuil, or prescription medications like Ambien. These remedies work, but they have many negative side effects, including dependence on these meds in order to be capable of falling asleep.

Melatonin works well. It’s useful when traveling across time zones to help you increase the amount of natural melatonin that is released in the body based on its circadian rhythm that may be out of sync since landing in a new time zone. It helps with sleep initiation (as one is falling asleep) but not the continuation of sleep (keeping one sleeping through the night). That is when a medicine such as ZzzQuil can be beneficial because it can help with the initiation of sleep and also maintenance of sleep. Like melatonin, Ambien helps you get to sleep but not necessarily stay asleep if awoken in the middle of the night.

The active ingredient in ZzzQuil is diphenhydramine HCl, an antihistamine whose side effect is to cause sleepiness. But there are multiple inactive ingredients such as various artificial color combinations, high fructose corn syrup, and alcohol. Melatonin pills mostly have melatonin unless it is a flavored tablet with other additives such as lavender or mint. Ambien (active substance zolpidem tartrate), however, has lots of additional additives such as colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, and polyethylene glycol, to name a few. These may cause sensitivity or reaction in some in addition to not fully assisting in fixing the insomnia.

My preference, as a sleep consultant, is to advise the use of non-consumable sleep aids that don’t have a risk of dependency such as blackout curtains, sound machines, blue-light restriction devices, and a soothing sleep environment. These tools can be used anywhere and everywhere to allow one to fall asleep easier by creating a proper environment for sleep. If there are situations in which these tools are not available or accessible, it is fine to use a medicinal sleep aid as long as it is used for a very short period of time (over the course of a weekend of travel). Also, if having a bout of insomnia that is atypical, using one of the medicinal sleep aids described above is acceptable, again for a short period of time.

When good sleep habits are not used and one comes to rely on medicinal sleep aids, the dependency grows and it is then hard to go back to simple sleep aids such as good sleep hygiene.

About the author: Nilong Vyas, MD, is the president and CEO of Sleepless in NOLA, in New Orleans.

Surviving a Road Trip with Kids

January 16, 2019 by  
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By Jennifer Bright

I’ve taken my sons on many road trips. Wish I had seen this terrific article before! We’re super grateful here at Momosa Publishing for featuring our two children’s book series: Come Travel with Me and The Adventures of the Real Animals in the Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Family Fun and the City

July 4, 2018 by  
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Michele Fisher

Planning a family vacation this summer? Just because you’re traveling with kids doesn’t mean that your destination has to be a theme park. For a vacation that everyone in the family can enjoy (and that just might be educational, too!), consider a trip to one of our country’s amazing cities.

Cities offer a huge variety of activities for every member of the family, so chances are your biggest problem won’t be finding something to do, but figuring out how to fit in everything you want to do in the time you have. Here are some things to consider:

History. If you’re traveling to Philadelphia, for example, you’ll want to explore the city’s colonial history and role in the American Revolution. Check out Independence Hall, where America’s Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. And don’t forget a visit to see the Liberty Bell or a stop at Betsy Ross’s home. Each American city has a unique history and story to tell, and most museums these days offer interactive, kid-friendly exhibits that will keep your children engaged and excited.

Hands-on fun. Just because you’re surrounded by sidewalks doesn’t mean your family can’t get outside for some fun combined with fitness. Many cities offer guided bike tours that will introduce you to sites you might have otherwise missed. Or, if you’re in Chicago, for example, you can rent Segways for your family and take a unique spin around the city. And speaking of Chicago, you can combine exercise and sightseeing by rollerblading—or walking or jogging—on the Lakefront Trail, which offers amazing views of Lake Michigan. Most cities have similar trail and park systems.

Food! If you really want to discover the “flavor” of a city, try its most famous cuisine. In Philly? You gotta have a soft pretzel and a cheesesteak. Chicago? It’s deep dish pizza time! Visiting Cincinnati? Try their own style of chili (served over spaghetti). Dallas? Hit the BBQ and queso. Boston? Try some of their iconic clam chowder and lobster. Okay, you get the picture. And I’m getting hungry.…

Tourist destinations. Sure, they’ll be crowded. And yes, they might be expensive. But they’re called destinations for a reason: Some city attractions offer such a unique experience that the memories your kids will take away from them are worth the hassle and expense. If you’re in Chicago, your trip won’t be complete without a spin on the Centennial Wheel and a visit to the Sky Deck of the Willis Tower. Going to NYC? Of course you need to see the Statue of Liberty and maybe take in a show on Broadway (depending on your kids’ ages). In LA? Get your pictures taken on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive, or stroll along Santa Monica Pier. In Seattle? Time to visit the Space Needle and Pike Place Market.

Sports. If your family loves sports, take some time to support the local team. Some stadiums, such as Wrigley Field in Chicago, offer behind-the-scenes daily tours. Then relax and unwind spending an evening taking in a baseball game or soccer match as the sun sets.

About the Author

Michele Fisher is the author of the Come Travel with Me book series, including Come Travel with Me: Philadelphia and Come Travel with Me: Chicago which she was inspired to create by her daughter’s interest in travel and willingness to be adventurous and try new things. Michele is from Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she resides with her husband, son, and daughter. She has worked in financial services for 25 years and travels frequently for her job. Michele loves traveling to new places with her family.

Justification for a Family Vacation–and Great Disney Deals from Pixie Vacations!

October 25, 2013 by  
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by Mommy MD Guides blogger Jennifer Bright

This is the third and last blog in a series on Disney World travel. Yes, I’m in a Disney frame of mind! I’m always either planning a trip, on a trip, or scrapbooking a trip. My life is one big Walt Disney World Vacation! (And below you’ll find some great Disney deals from my friends at Pixie Vacations.)

Writing these blogs got me thinking: What’s my justification for a family vacation? I believe that happy memories are the glue that holds us together. I’ve seen firsthand how my sons made great leaps in maturity and also intellectually on our family trips. It was on a Disney trip when my older son really “got” the idea of reading. He went from barely reading to noticing words and language everywhere, thanks to Disney signs that are everywhere. As my kids get older, they express more and more that they don’t get to spend enough time with me. On a trip, I’m focused on them 24/7, and we all love that.

According to a study conducted by Kelton Research, quality family time increases while on vacation, and both parents and children say they’re more likely to learn something new about one another during this time. The study found that family vacations made people more excited (77 percent), relaxed (75 percent), silly (68 percent), calm (54 percent), and affectionate (54 percent). That sounds so great that I can hardly wait until our next family vacation!

And now about those deals!

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Booking Dates:
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Travel Dates:
For Stays most nights January 5 – March 5, 2014

Walt Disney World vacation packages are here for 2014 travel.  You can save $600* on your family vacation by booking this offer.  Here are the details:

Purchase this Walt Disney World Vacation now through Dec. 31, 2013 for stays most nights Jan. 5 – March 5, 2014 at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Save $600* (based on a family of four) on a 5-night, 6-day Plus Dining Disney Vacation Package at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Or, save $400* (based on a family of four) on a 5-night, 6-day Disney World Vacation Package Plus Quick Service Dining at select Disney Value Resorts.

Booking Window:
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Travel Window:
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Booking Window:
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Travel Window:
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Disney World Christmas 2013 vacation packages from $118 per person

Spend the Holidays at Walt Disney World with this special vacation package offer from our friends at Pixie Vacations.

Booking Window:   10/10 – 11/18/2013
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You must stay the night of the 18th, you can extend past the 25th based on availability.

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To Book:

Click this link to get an online quote: Christmas at Disney World Vacation Quote
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Email: Info@PixieVacations.com

Get a Disney Vacation Quote Now For Your Travel Dates.

Note: I was compensated by Pixie Vacations with a Mickey Mouse Santa Hat and Minnie Holiday headband. However, I love talking about and planning Disney World vacations and feel passionate about helping families make magical memories and I would gladly have written it anyway!

Bio: Jennifer Bright is a mom of two sons and coauthor of The Mommy MD Guide to Losing Weight and Feeling Great. Next to her home in Bethlehem, PA, Walt Disney World is her favorite place on earth!

We’re Going to Wally World!

June 20, 2011 by  
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By guest blogger Julie Davidson

Okay we’re not going to Wally World, but we are finally taking a family vacation! All four of us.  This is the first time we will all take a cross-country trip together.  Two years ago I took the boys (then four and five) to see my grandmother for her 100th birthday.  They couldn’t wait to ask her if there were dinosaurs around when she was little. Cute.  The plane ride, however, not so cute.  Miles, my oldest kept going to the bathroom. He’d go in and just stay there, and I’d end up knocking on the door and try to quietly yell (I know, an oxymoron) “Get out!  There’s a line of other people who need to potty.” My younger son, Max, kept saying, “We’re gonna crash!”  Who needs an in-flight movie when you have us as a traveling side show?

But this time the boys seem more interested in “stuff” for the trip. I bought them each a red carry-on suitcase.  They rushed home and filled it with all the things they thought they would need on the trip. The next morning Max realized he had packed all his underwear–four weeks out from the trip!

I’m a sucker for being prepared, (or faking it well) and I want the kids to have things I think they might need. So I bought them trial-sized lotion, sanitizer, baby wipes, and toothpaste and toothbrushes. You would have thought that I had given them a million bucks as their eyes grew wide with excitement. Yep. A million bucks for under 20! Call me tacky, but I may be going back and buying one of everything I can find in trial size for Christmas!

So, even though they want to stuff their remote control cars and all the underwear they have in their luggage, I’m finding out that letting them be part of the planning is fun for them.  I do have a suspicion that security will have a field day with us.

Stay tuned! This vacation will be fodder for many more blogs. But let me hear from you too. If you have a question or a comment, please share it!


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