If you are a frequent air traveller or even if you do the occasional long-distance trip, you will recognize the following symptoms of jet lag:
- Fatigue and disorientation
- Disturbed sleep
Jetlag, one of the most common sources of sleep disorders, is caused by an imbalance in our circadian rhythms (body clock). Our circadian rhythms are set to work on a 24 hour cycle and can be measured by the rise and fall in body temperature and hormone levels. When travelling to a new time zone, especially eastwards, they are slow to adjust and can remain on the original cycle for several days and result in jetlag. (NASA estimates that it takes 1 day for every one hour time zone crossed.)
Light therapy can help to accelerate the resetting of your bodyclock so that you feel alert and be productive more rapidly.
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Jet Lag Tips
Travelling East (from the UK) you should advance the body clock. The number of time zones corresponds to the number of hours you need to change. When you arrive it is better to avoid bright light to encourage the build up of melatonin to help you sleep, and use a lightbox in the morning to wake you up.
Travelling West (from the UK) Before you travel, you can delay the body clock by using extra light in the evening. On arrival use bright light in the afternoon and evening to postpone bedtime and then again in the morning to wake you up.
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