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Are there any factors that will make jet lag worse

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Travel East or West: Jet lag is caused by a mismatch between your internal clock and the external world. Your internal clock is set and reset every day by sunlight and mel... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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45 years experience
Circadian rhythm: We have an internal clock that is aligned with the 24 hr light cycle where we live. When we travel, especially west to east we are not aligned with th... Read More
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Clock mismatch: It is a mismatch between your internal clock and the time in the place you are in. It is worst when you travel east.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 20 years experience
Time travel: Jet lag is any time travel but it is usually most pronounced e-w. You've lost time. Also body is not able to sleep as late in morning because it fee... Read More
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Dr. Ruchir Patel
Sleep Medicine 16 years experience
JetLag: Jet lag is general is the inability of your intrinsic circadian rhythm (internal clock) to adjust to the new time zone after you have traveled so rapi... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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45 years experience
West is best: Traveling from west to east is harder because our circadian rhythm won't let us fall asleep earlier than we're conditioned to do. Going from east to w... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Various factors: It depends on your direction of flight, and how many time zones you will cross. If only 1-2 time zones, you will probably be okay, but if 3 or more g... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Jet lag: Hydrate really well wi water, before, during & after travel. Stretch during flight – whether you walk about or do it in seat. Start shifting meal ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirankumar Viramgama
Sleep Medicine 33 years experience
Time Zone traveled: Depending on number of time zone traveled. Traveling from ny to la in usa is 3 time zone and about 3 days it last. Traveling west is less taxing to bo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 35 years experience
May vary but: Jet lag symptoms may include: insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, constipation or diarrhea, malaise, m... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eyerman
Psychiatry, Integrative Holistic Medicine 49 years experience
It depends: Heavy eating/alcohol intake worsens jet lag. Not eating/fasting worsens jet lag. Light food/light drinking may be best. Beginning with the new time zo... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Fatigue, mild nausea: Jet lag occurs when you travel east or westbound. Typically you feel fatigued, mild nausea, and have trouble with sleeping. It lasts a few days, ofte... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
The tests for Jet lag include:: Polysomnography, Sleep diary.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Internal Medicine, Travel Medicine, Men's Health, Wellness 39 years experience
Yes: Jet lag symptoms can include headache, mild nausea, and of course fatigue. Feeling "awake" and unable to sleep when you should (eg: in the middle of t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Thilo
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Jet lag remedy: Jet lag is a disruption of circadian rhythm caused by traveling to different time zones. Basically adaption to the the local cycles of light and nutr... Read More
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