All About Jet Lag!

All About Jet Lag!

Jet Lag, also known as time zone change syndrome or desynchronosis, occurs when people travel rapidly across time zones or when their sleep is disrupted, for example, after traveling a long distance by air, your circadian rhythms may still be aligned with the previous time zone. Your body may expect to sleep when it is daytime in the new time zone or be awake when you are supposed to sleep.

Jet Lag is also called disturbed circadian rhythms or body clock 24-hour cycles in the biochemical, physiological, and behavioral processes of our bodies. They regulate daily activities, such as sleep, waking, eating, and body temperature regulation.


Jet symptoms include:

  • sleep disturbances, insomnia, lethargy, and fatigue
  • a heavy, aching head
  • irritability, confusion, and difficulty focusing
  • mild depression
  • loss of appetite
  • a dizzy, unsettled feeling
  • gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea or constipation

Jet Lag is a temporary condition and often subsides symptoms in time but if you fly frequently and jet lag is a problem, consider seeing a sleep specialist; a physician or psychologist who has specialized training in sleep medicine.


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