The Consequences Of Jet Lag

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What is jet lag? When an individual travels from one-time zone to another, it causes them to feel weary and exhausted, this temporary disorder is identified as jet lag, also known as desynchronosis. Our bodies have an internal clock which indicates when we must go to sleep and wake up. This “internal clock” is better known as the, circadian rhythms of the body. Circadian rhythms have an effect on the body temperature, sleep and wakefulness, and various hormonal changes. In order for an individual to perform at its highest potential, and be alert, one must keep their circadian rhythms fine-tuned by getting enough sleep. The pineal gland plays a huge role in helping the body produce melatonin to help maintain these rhythms. When an individual …show more content…
This study was done by a man named Jamie Zeitzer, he is also known as the author of the book Journal of Clinical Investigations. In his book Zeitzer talks about how optimal techniques for light exposure allows people to fight the side effects of jet lag. This new treatment plan will also allow people to go back right into their normal sleep cycles rather than waiting a few days before they feel normal. Zeitzer and his team have concluded that this light therapy would work best at night because the body’s circadian rhythms are most sensitive at this time. This new therapy will also speed up the process of adjusting to different time zones. Zeitzer believes that this study will be very beneficial because it has proven that there are ways to prevent the awful effects caused by jet …show more content…
As of right now I can proudly say that I have visited seven different states, and three different countries. Since I love traveling so much, I plan on making my list longer. My future plans are to travel to Japan and Italy. One negative aspect of traveling is the effects of jet lag. I am very prone to getting sick and having massive headaches. My headaches become so bad that not even Tylenol or Advil help to reduce the intensity of them. I also hate airplane food, I tend to skip all meals on the plane, and this leads me to feel weak and causes me to have stomachaches. It’s also impossible to fall asleep on the plane since turbulence can occur at any minute, and there are always small distractions that keep me from falling

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