- By sahlhealth
- May 18, 2021
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Jet lag, also called jet lag disorder, is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones.
Your body has its own internal clock or circadian rhythms, that signals your body when to stay awake and when to sleep. Jet lag occurs because your body's clock is still synced to your original time zone, instead of to the time zone where you've traveled. The more time zones crossed, the more likely you are to experience jet lag.
Jet lag can cause daytime fatigue, an unwell feeling, difficulty staying alert and gastrointestinal problems. Jet lag is temporary, but it can significantly reduce your vacation or business travel comfort. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent or minimize jet lag
Symptoms of jet lag can vary. You may experience only one symptom or you may have many. Jet lag symptoms may include:
Disturbed sleep — such as insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness
Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usual level
Stomach problems, constipation or diarrhea
A general feeling of not being well
Jet lag is generally temporary and usually doesn't need treatment. Symptoms often improve within a few days, though they sometimes last longer.
However, if you're a frequent traveler continually bothered by jet lag, your doctor may prescribe medications or light therapy.