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Are there any factors that will make jet lag worse?

Are there any factors that will make jet lag worse?

Yes: There are many things that affect jet lag, two of the most important: flying west is harder on you than going east and consuming alcohol on the flight always makes it worse. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Forster
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Jet Lag (Definition)

An alteration in circadian rhythm and sleep patterns due to travel ...Read more


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Sometimes I feel lightheaded when I am lack of sleep (due to important reasons). Will this be worse when I suffer from jet lag?

Sometimes I feel lightheaded when I am lack of sleep (due to important reasons). Will this be worse when I suffer from jet lag?

Can't predict: predicticting the future is hazardous. Jet lag is an inconvenience and my experience with sleeping pills and melatonin has inconclusive results inspite of studies confirming their helpfullness. However, if you have lightheadedness with lack of sleep, do not be surprised if you get it with jet lag. It takes about 1 day to adjust to each time zone change. ...Read more

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What causes jet lag?

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 the light in that time zone and our internal clock won't let us fall asleep sooner. Going west we can generally stay up later, but will have a tendency to wake up at our normal time which will be very early for the time zone we're in. ...Read more

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What is jet lag e-w vs w-e?

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 west is easier, because we can stay up later while it's light out better than falling asleep earlier when it's dark. ...Read more

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How can I cope with jet lag?

Jet lag: You can try complex methods of putting yourself on the new time with meals and medications before travelling, or just stay up when you reach the new site until 10 pm and then go to sleep (even if it means taking a prescribed sleeping pill if it feels to early). Don't drink on the plane and stay hydrated. ...Read more

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What can be done for jet lag?

Rest: Plenty of fluids and a good nap or rest using melatonin can help. ...Read more

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How to cope up with jet lag ?

Change your schedule: If you are young, less than 30 or so, a few hours difference won't bother you much. Going west is less of an issue than heading back east. To prepare: go to bed 45-60 min later each night for few days before heading west or 45-60min earlier each night for few days before heading east. The further u travel, the more hours/days u need to change. Have fun wherever u r heading..Be safe and good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a way to stop jet lag?

Is there a way to stop jet lag?

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 going east, you will need equilibration. You can help yourself by drinking water, moving around on the plane, staying away from alcohol & caffeine, and adapt to new time zone by being in sunshine. Can use melatonin .3 to 3 mg when you want to sleep. ...Read more

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How many days does jet lag last?

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 body then traveling east. Generally jet lag takes one day per time zone traveled. Same time zone travel from north to south has no effect on body like ny to orlando. ...Read more

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