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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
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Jet Lag (Definition)

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


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Is there more than one symptom of 'jet lag'?

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 can I do to address the symptoms of jet lag?

What can I do to address the symptoms of jet lag?

Several: I try to sleep on the plane as much as possible since you are missing sleep going east. But then it is hard to fall asleep on return since your body thinks its earlier. Try some melatonin, which is the body's rythym hormone. Keep the lights off at night to induce sleep and very bright in the as (i like a dawn simulator) avoid alcohol and drugs. ...Read more

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How severe is jet lag by flying west 6 time zones? I want to enjoy my 2-3 weeks vacation... Thanks. :)

Everyone: Is different. But after a nap and a good nights sleep you will begin to adjust to the times. In a couple days you should be in track to enjoy your vacation. Unfortunately you will go through it again when you go home ...Read more

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Is confusion a symptom of 'jet lag'?

Can be: Jet lag results when your body clock is out of synch with your current time zone. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, sometimes nausea. Feeling a little "fuzzy" could be expected. ...Read more

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Can jet lag be as severe as narcolepsy?

Perhaps: For some people, perhaps the severity can be the same, at least for a short time. A difference between these could be that jet lag recovers, while narcolepsy persists.

You may find some questions to your sleep medicine questions answered here:

http://healthysleep. Med. Harvard. Edu/narcolepsy/glossary ...Read more

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Is sleeping for 14hrs straight a symptom of 'jet lag'?

Is sleeping for 14hrs straight a symptom of 'jet lag'?

Jet lag -> fatigue: Sleeping 14 hours is likely simple exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Although a few days of "jet lag" can surely cause both! Jet lag more typically causes tiredness, sometimes headache, nausea, poor focus, and that frustrating "can't fall asleep at bedtime / am wide awake at 4am" feeling. Hopefully a good sleep has started to reset your bio-clock! ...Read more

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I have an anxiety disorder I have been fine I recently few to la from south africa. Can jet lag trigger severe anxiety & will it go away?

I have an anxiety disorder I have been fine I recently few to la from south africa. Can jet lag trigger severe anxiety & will it go away?

Well, exhaustion,: Long distance travel, change in sleep schedule can all contribute to ^ anxiety. Would anticipate that as you settle in that sxs will decrease. Would encourage you to engage in some self care. Ways to address stress. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk >. ...Read more

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I have fairly severe stomach cramps which I suspect is just bloating, my concern is that its lasted more than 36 hours and I have been travelling (from US so some jet lag) so appendicitis would be a bummer. Anything I need to check for?

I have fairly severe stomach cramps which I suspect is just bloating, my concern is that its lasted more than 36 hours and I have been travelling (from US so some jet lag) so appendicitis would be a bummer. Anything I need to check for?

Cramps: Appendicitis is typically associated with persistent right lower abdominal ache and tenderness. True cramping is more typical of intestinal irritability, blockages or irritation/inflammation. Abdominal distension and vomiting are serious symptoms. If your symptoms are persisting or worsening, you should be examined by a physician and appropriate tests will be ordered. Otherwise eat a light diet. ...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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Does eating help or worsen jet lag?

Does eating help or worsen jet lag?

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 zone's daily routing as soon as possible...In flight! . Also helps. ...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