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What you should know about jet lag

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When you travel from east to west or vice versa in a plane, you are bound to get a sleep disorder commonly known as jet lag.  It could last several days; one day per time zone is a good general guide.

Jet lag is caused by travel through many time zones that your daily rhythms.  Symptoms include sleep disorder, nausea, disorientation, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea.

Here are few things you can do to recover fast from jet lag:

  • If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor before your trip.  If you are in good health, stick to your daily exercise routine and stay fit before the trip.
  • Drink lots of fluids (water) during the flight.  Consumption of alcohol and coffee during the flight is discouraged.
  • Move around the plane as much as possible.  This could reduce the risk of forming blood clots in your legs.
  • If possible break your trip into segments so that you avoid long flight times.
  • When you arrive at your destination, adopt to the local conditions immediately.  This will include sleeping according to local time.  Sometimes adjusting your body to the new time zone before the trip could help.