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What is jet lag and how long does it last?

Jet lag is the disorder that disrupts the body clock of travelers after one makes a long distance trip. Jet lag is caused because our body is programmed to have a period of one day and night in every 24 hours and when disturbed by a change we suffer disruptions in our stress levels, temperature and brain state. Jet lag causes our body the following symptoms. Digestive problems that result in diarrhea and vomiting, generalized fatigue, poor memory, apathy and confusion in the decision making capacity and irritability.

Plane Jet Lag

Plane Jet Lag

Airplane Jetlagged flying wing

Airplane Jetlagged flying wing

The duration of jet lag is different in each organism, however it is normal that our biological clock is adapted after two to four days. If after a week our body is affected by jet lag one should call their doctor to get some medication. To minimize the effects of jet lag in our body we must follow the following steps. Before the flight. It is advisable to start a routine one or two weeks prior based on adaptation to the times we have to remain in the country of destination. To this we must add the routine exercise and have a balanced diet. In addition, people who receive medication should talk to their doctor so that they get oriented on the time change.

Plane in the sunset

Plane in the sunset

During the flight do not ingest caffeine or alcohol because they generate dehydration and disrupt sleep. You should drink plenty of water and every 60 or 90 minutes walk through the aisles of the aircraft cabin to exercise the lower limbs. Upon arriving at your destination you must immediately adapt your eating and sleeping schedules to prevent your body delaying the adjustment process. It is also advisable to eat a little and drink lots of water.

Plane in the Crimson Sky

Plane in the Crimson Sky

Plane Flight photos: fotogjohnh, Brian Yap, Kuster and Wildhaber, epSoS de.

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