The beating jet lag

Jet lag, which upsets our internal biological clock every time we leave the comfort of our home time zone, the real. We all feel it in greater or lesser degree. Those who travel rare, there are more stringent than those who travel a lot.

But even seasoned travelers may weaken from the effects of Jet Lag.

So, what is Jet Lag? When we move away from the home time zone, in much-day cycle noticeable changes. When we travel to the east, morning sunlight coming in earlier and earlier (for us) hour period.

When we travel to the West, the days seem to grow, and if a & # 39; will be the night, you need to "forever".

However, when we travel to the East, we tend to want to sleep sleep and go to bed early.

On the contrary, for those who travel to the West.

This confusion between what we show the local hours, and the fact that we say our internal clock – is what we call the "Jet lag".

Jet lag is so common that almost any retreat book that you've picked up, there are recommendations and nostraly to remove the effects of "jet lag."

Why it is called "jet lag"?

Well, for example, if you are traveling a long distance on foot, your body clock to adjust to the change in sunlight, when you go. The same applies to travel in cars, as well as to a lesser extent when traveling on trains and boats.

But with a & # 39; advent of air travel Jet Airplane, your biological clock immediately overflows.

Suppose, for example, you are planning a trip to visit Disney World in Florida. You fly out of Los Angeles, California, Orlando, Florida. Your plan was excellent, and you arrive in Orlando at 16 am (local time) in the afternoon. You get to your hotel and set up shop, and now it is 18:00.

Dinner time!

But you're not hungry: after all, in California only 15 hours of the day!

The next morning at 6 am alarm your hotel extinguished. Time to get up, get dressed, have breakfast and go to Disney World. But your body is screaming in protest: "It's only 3 in the morning I want to sleep !!"

Your vacation is spoiled, if you somehow did not stop their internal clocks.

But how?

Good news!

When I went to the East more than I do now, we have always left States around noon local time. When we came to the East, it was usually in the afternoon (in their local time).

The first thing we did when we settled in our hotel room, it was drink a big bottle of water (flying can be very abyazvozhvayuchay), close the curtains to darken the room and go to bed. We would sleep until 6 am local time. This long period of sleep, it seemed, always reset our biological clock to the local time.

Recent studies (1) have shown that Jet Lag can be defeated, or at least its effects can be minimized by using a very simple technique.

According to this article, our internal clocks are synchronized with the rhythm of the sun tsyrkadnym.

Recommendation of the authors is that when we got to the destination, to spend at least 15 minutes in the sunlight with their eyes open. Then stick to force the local schedule meal, no matter what they say internal clock.

15 minutes of sunlight (or when we arrive at the destination at night, 15 minutes, "dark"), as a rule, make our clocks start to drop synchronization: special receptors of light in our eyes, seems to perform only one function – they are "You are not let us see better, they are there to detect the sunlight falling on our retinas!

Go figure it out!

Something as simple as a little sunshine, can have such a profound impact on our well-being!

In addition, making our eating habits change, our body has a rush of nutrients at the time, which is dictated by the fact that the (local time), our eyes tell the body. It seems that this cooperation between the eye and the stomach will take place a long way in the interchange of our internal clock to the local time zone and reduce the effects of the "exhaustion"!

Cell phones.

Avoid them or put them face down. Blue light from the phone diverts attention and will prevent the attempt to be adjusted to your body. Even when you sleep!


(1) Webb, A., Duke, E., 2017. Adaptation hours before the 24-hour society. American scientistVolume 105: 348 -355