Apparently, jet lag is way more of a pain than we thought – and it’s not always caused by jets.
Jet lag is the worst. You fly all day to get to some amazing exotic location, and when you get there, you’re just too tired to enjoy it. But according to new research reported by Live Science, it’s not just fatigue wreaking havoc on your jet-lagged body. It can also affect other things – like your blood sugar level and eating habits. And, speaking from experience, it can also make you nauseous and dizzy. Thanks for nothing, flying.
The study also found that jet lag doesn’t necessarily occur only after taking a long flight. It can be a result of changing your social habits or work schedule as well – anything that alters your regular schedule. This is called “social jet lag.”
Luckily there are some things you can do to fight plane-based jet lag. First, and probably least possible, is to fly only to the west. The study showed that flying east is much harder on the body’s rhythms – going west makes it much easier for you, on a cellular level, to adjust your natural clock.
Secondly, try to prepare for jet lag. The study showed that based on how many time zones you travel over, jet lag can last for one to six days. If you’re ready for it from the beginning – say, you’ve pre-adjusted your schedule to match that of where you’re headed – than you won’t have as many problems as others on your flight.