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Dr. Peter Forster
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Jet Lag (Overview)

Jet lag is an alteration in circadian rhythm and sleep patterns due to travel through different time zones. Some symptoms of jet lag include: extreme fatigue, irritability, stomach upset, and headaches. Jet lag takes a few days to recover from. Melatonin and sleep scheduling to avoid or be exposed to light at certain times during the day can help one recover faster.


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What are the symptoms of jet lag?

What are the symptoms of jet lag?

May vary but: Jet lag symptoms may include: insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, constipation or diarrhea, malaise, muscle aches and menstrual symptoms in women. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Forster
132 doctors shared insights

Jet Lag (Overview)

Jet lag is an alteration in circadian rhythm and sleep patterns due to travel through different time zones. Some symptoms of jet lag include: extreme fatigue, irritability, stomach upset, and headaches. Jet lag takes a few days to recover from. Melatonin and sleep scheduling to avoid or be exposed to light at certain times during the day can help one recover faster.


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Overcoming Jet Lag (Checklist)

Stay awake until regular time for sleep
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Try melatonin to help regulate sleep pattern
Daily
Use naps sparingly to get back to regular sleep pattern
Daily
Use medication for sleep if other methods don't help
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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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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 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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Is there more than one symptom of 'jet lag' ?

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 the night), also typical. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of jet lag?

May vary but: Jet lag symptoms may include: insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, constipation or diarrhea, malaise, muscle aches and menstrual symptoms in women. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have jet lag?

How do you tell if you have jet lag?

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, often worse on the first day. Get out into sunlight and take melatonin if you are having trouble sleeping. ...Read more