Do you know what desynchronosis is? It’s the medical term for jet lag, a temporary sleep disorder that’s caused by moving through several time zones in a short period. The more time zones one crosses, the more tired and sleepy he or she will be. Jet lag usually results in disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating and functioning, and even stomach problems.
Studies have shown that for each time zone crossed, it takes 1-2 days to recover. This is because moving through time zones causes the internal body clock or circadian rhythm to be disrupted.
“cues such as light exposure, mealtimes,
social engagement, and activities
regulate our circadian rhythm”
says Allison T. Siebern, Ph.D. at the
Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center.
The only way to recover from this is to give the body time to adjust to the new time zone.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR TRIP
There is no fixed cure for jet lag, but its effects can be reduced by taking a few precautions before traveling.
Get your body used to the new time zone by changing your eating and sleeping timings.
>> If you’re journeying east, try sleeping an hour early a few days before your flight.
>> If you’re going westwards, try sleeping an hour later than you usually do. This would help your body adjust better to the time zone of your destination.
>> Another way to mentally prepare yourself is to set your watch to the new time zone. It’s also best if you get a good night’s sleep before you travel and take short naps on the flight.