Jetlag seems to be every travelerís worst nightmare Ė especially if youíre going away for just a short while.
What causes Jetlag?
Jetlag is a condition that arises from crossing multiple time zones in a relatively short time and consequently disturbs your natural body clock or circadian rhythms. Other contributing factors include lack of exercise, dry atmosphere and alcohol.
What are symptoms of Jetlag?
Arriving at your destination feeling tried, groggy and disorientated are most common symptoms. Many people also find it difficult to concentrate and have very erratic sleep patterns. Waking up in middle of night or feeling a need to take nap during day can be frequent.
Because of dry atmosphere aboard aircraft, Dehydration can also be a major problem.
How long do symptoms last for?
Jetlag symptoms can last for just a few hours Ė all way up to a week (for more acute cases). Generally though, travelers find on a normal flight between US and Europe, effects of Jetlag last for a couple of days. As a guide, for every time zone you cross, allow for a full day of recovery. Symptoms also vary by age. Children are far less susceptible.
How can Jetlag symptoms be reduced?
Before you depart, make sure that you get plenty of sleep. Eat well and avoid alcohol. Allow for plenty of time before departure. Stress is one of worst culprits. Also, try taking some zinc supplements as itís been proven that people with higher zinc levels tend to suffer less.