Jet Lag

Jet lag is also known as ‘time zone change syndrome’. Travellers suffer from jet lag after having travelled rapidly across time zones, or in other instances where their sleep is disrupted. Changes to schedules due to work, for example can cause similar symptoms.

When it comes to business travel, jet lag can seriously disrupt the productivity of travellers while also becoming a risk to health.

 

SYMPTOMS OF JET LAG

Jet lag is an unpleasant experience that can often cause a person to suffer from headaches, insomnia, and irritability. In some cases, the individual may experience confusion and mild depression, as well as loss of appetite and stomach issues ranging from diarrhoea to constipation.

 

HOW JET LAG CAN BE AVOIDED

Travellers can use a variety of techniques in an attempt to avoid suffering from jet lag. These include:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine during the flight which can exacerbate symptoms.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
  • Change the time on watches and phones in the target destination.
  • Regularly stretch and walk throughout the flight.
  • Tackle sleepiness on the flight by strategically timing naps that will not affect the overall sleeping schedule.
  • Time flights so that the established sleeping schedule is not affected.
  • Avoid heavy meals and physical exertion after landing.
  • Adapt as quickly as possible to the timetable.

HOW JET LAG CAN BE TREATED

If a traveller finds that they are suffering from jet lag, there are currently no known treatment. Travellers will find, however, that if they enjoy a generally healthy lifestyle (good physical fitness and diet) the symptoms they experience will be less severe.

 

JET LAG WHEN TRAVELLING FROM WEST TO EAST

 Jet lag is worse when flying from west to east because when travellers fly to the east, hours are taken away from the day, giving the body less time to adjust.  Flying to the west means that the body has more time to adjust and acclimatize with the new time zone.

 

LENGTH OF FLIGHT THAT CAUSES JET LAG

Generally speaking, travellers will not experience jet lag after having crossed just one or two time zones. Flights longer than this, however, can cause travellers to experience those symptoms. Naturally, the longer the flight, the worse the symptoms will be.

 

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