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Jet lag

Jet lag: Introduction

Jet lag: Jet lag is a physiological condition which is a consequence of alterations to circadian rhythms; it is classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Jet lag results from rapid long-distance transmeridian (east-west or west-east) travel, as on a jet plane. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Jet lag is available below.

Symptoms of Jet lag

Treatments for Jet lag

  • Watchful waiting - the body adjusts the internal clock by about an hour or two each day.
  • Melatonin
  • Set your watch to local time
  • Adjust your habits to local time
  • Gradual adjustment over the course of several days of the onset of sleep while maintaining its regular length of 7-8 hours can reduce fatigue and prevent depression
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Jet lag: Complications

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Causes of Jet lag

  • When traveling across a number of time zones, the body clock will be out of sync with the destination time, as it experiences daylight and darkness contrary to the rhythms to which it has grown accustomed: the body's natural pattern is upset, as the rhythms that dictate times for eating, sleeping, hormone regulation and body temperature variations no longer correspond to the environment nor to each other in some cases
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Prevention of Jet lag

Prevention information for Jet lag has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Jet lag.

  • Jet lag is almost impossible to prevent completely
  • Sleep well prior to travel - e.g. try to avoid getting up too early to catch a flight.
  • Sleep during travel
  • Minimize diet changes
  • Drink enough fluids
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Definitions of Jet lag:

A chronobiologic disorder resulting from rapid travel across a number of time zones, characterized by insomnia or hypersomnolence, fatigue, behavioral symptoms, headaches, and gastrointestinal disturbances. (From Cooper, Sleep, 1994, pp593-8) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Fatigue and sleep disturbance resulting from disruption of the body's normal circadian rhythm as a result of jet travel - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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