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What is jet lag & how to manage the impact

What is jet lag & how to manage the impact

Travelling around the globe, or even within your own country, is something many of us look forward to, now more than ever. Whether it is make the trip to that bucket-list location, visiting family and friends abroad, or for work or schooling purposes, jet-setting can be filled with fun and excitement. Unfortunately, there is also some extra-baggage that comes with travelling and even the most seasoned travellers are not spared. That’s right – we are talking about Jet Lag!

 

What is Jet Lag?

Jet Lag, also called Jet Lag disorderis a transient sleep problem that arises when an individual travels across multiple time zones. Because our internal body clocks or circadian rhythms do not instantly reset (may take several days), they remain more closely in-tuned with the original time zone than the current one. The “Lag” in Jet Lag comes from the “lag” or “delay” in our body’s ability to synchronize these internal rhythms with the “photic” (light) and “non-photic” (social interactions, meals) cues which results in the temporary negative symptoms.

 

What are the symptoms?

  • Sleeping problems or disturbed sleep
  • Daytime Fatigue/Sleepiness
  • Impaired Thinking and Concentration
  • Stomach Issues/Gastrointestinal Discomfort
  • Emotional Dysregulation

 

How can you prevent or reduce Jet Lag?

  1. Light Exposure

Exposing yourself as much as possible to natural sunlight will help reboot your circadian rhythm.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can worsen jet lag. Making sure you are drinking plenty of water is extremely important

  1. Plan Accordingly

Plan to keep the first few days of travel, light. Allowing your body to slowly adjust to the new time zone is beneficial.

  1. Avoid Napping

Try to resist the urge to nap when you arrive. This is prolonging the jet lag as it prevents your body from adapting. If you must, try to keep naps to less than 20 minutes.

  1. Minimize Travel Stress

Don’t wait until the last minute to pack or leave for the airport. Being in a rush can heighten stress and make your travels more difficult.

  1. Pack Smart and Light

Making sure you are only packing the essentials can ease the airport experience. We have everything from travel-size toiletry bottles, supportive neck pillows for the airplane as well as travel-size CPAP devices, to make your trip as hassle free as possible. Check out our wide range of travel accessories online and in-store.

 

The information presented in this blog post is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this post as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for professional counseling care. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.

 

Resources

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/travel-and-sleep/jet-lag

https://www.sleepcycle.com/how-to-fall-asleep/sleep-travel-hacks-beat-jet-lag/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32066704/

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