- Traveling during the holidays can be fun but the one downfall of long-distance travel is jet lag.
- Jet lag is a disorder that occurs when your circadian rhythm doesn’t match the local day-night cycle and it typically develops when you travel east or west and across three or more time zones.
- Luckily, there are simple things you can do to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of jet lag.
The holiday season is often full of travel plans to visit family and friends, or to go on a family adventure! While traveling can be fun, one downfall of long-distance travel is jet lag — it can really put a damper on your Christmas cheer!
Jet lag often occurs when we cross multiple time zones rapidly, causing the circadian rhythm (or the body’s internal clock) to be thrown off. It also typically results in annoying symptoms like daytime fatigue, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems. Luckily there are some things you can do to help prevent and reduce these symptoms. Here’s a look at why we experience jet lag plus a few tips to help prevent and manage jet lag this holiday season.
What Is Jet Lag?
The Sleep Foundation explains that jet lag is a disorder that occurs when “your 24-hour internal clock, known as your circadian rhythm, does not match the local day-night cycle.” The source says it typically happens when a person travels across three or more time zones.
For example, if you fly from one end of the country to another (such as Los Angeles to New York), your body may still operate as if it was still in Los Angeles. This can cause you to sleep at odd hours or feel more tired.