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Jet Leg

When travelling a time difference of six hours or more, travellers need time to adjust to the new time zone. It may be easier to adjust to a time difference of four to six hours compared to when the time difference is more than that.

If your trip is not expected to last more than 3 to 4 days, it is better to try to keep the same schedule as at home to avoid overly disrupting circadian rhythms (sleep patterns).

Possible signs of jet lag:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Waking up at night
  • Waking up too early
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Reduced physical and mental performance
  • Headache

Some people may take supplements such as melatonin. Check with your Pharmacist to discuss ways to deal with jet lag including whether taking melatonin is a safe option for you.

Here are some tips for dealing with jet lag:

On a journey to the west:

When travelling from east to west, stay outside for a few hours in the late afternoon on the day of your arrival and get out early the next morning to enjoy the natural daylight.

On a journey to the east:

When travelling from west to east, do not expose yourself to the sun in the late afternoon the day of your arrival, but get up early the next morning.

Source: Douglas Hospital: www.douglas.qc.ca
Source : cdc.gov
Source: Travel Medicine

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a Physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.