The low-down on high-flying jet lag

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Jet-setting from coast to coast may strike you as glamorous but there's nothing exciting about lack of concentration, erratic sleep patterns, mood disturbances and fatigue. That's jet lag and here's what to do about it.

Jet lag can affect anyone who travels rapidly between different time zones. The good news is there are steps you can take to minimize the side effects of this common occurrence.

Watch this slideshow to learn the secrets to beating jet lag.

Jet lag defined

Also known as time zone change syndrome, jet lag is essentially a sleep disorder that occurs when there’s a disturbance to your body’s circadian clock — an internal timekeeping system that tells your body when it’s time to be awake and when it’s time to sleep. When you travel across time zones, your circadian clock is disrupted from its normal daily patterns and that can cause daytime fatigue, as well as prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

                  
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References
  • HealthOntario.com, Jet lag, website
  • Mayo Clinic, Jet lag disorder, website
  • SIRC, Getting ahead of jet lab, website

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