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Jet Lag

What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag is a temporary condition that occurs when you change time zones rapidely. Changing time zones rapidly causes the person's internal clock to be out of sync with the external environment.

Jet lag is also called desynchronosis. It can last for a few days or a few weeks.

Symptoms of Jet Lag

Some common symptoms of jet lag are:

  • Difficulty maintaining the usual sleep-wake pattern in the new destination.
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach aches
  • Dizziness

Tips to Prevent Jet Lag

Here are some tips to help prevent jet lag:

  • Maintain a sensible bedtime schedule prior to your trip. Don't avoid sleeping in order to make yourself tired.
  • Go to bed earlier for a couple of nights before leaving if you are traveling east. Go to bed later for a couple of nights if you are traveling west.
  • For short trips, maintain a schedule of eating and sleeping at your usual time, if possible, while at your destination.
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • If you exercise regularly, continue to do so at your destination.
  • Avoid exercising late in the evening because it can keep you awake.
  • For important events or meetings at your destination, try to arrive in advance to have time to adjust to the time difference.

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