We like to think we have control over our bodies, but the opposite is often true. Such is the case with circadian desynchrony, commonly known as jet lag. Exhaustion. Gastrointestinal discomfort. Headaches. Difficulty concentrating. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. These common jet lag symptoms have the power to put a damper on a dream vacation. Unless you figure out how to game your own system. Senior experimental psychologist John Caldwell has spent the bulk of his career researching the effects of sleep deprivation and sleep restriction, while also studying countermeasures that sleep-deprived people can use to function better. Caldwell explains that while our bodies are able to adjust to about one time zone change per day, jet lag sets in when we cross three or more of them, because it wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms. "We just haven't evolved to the point where we can rapidly change those rhythms," he said. While you can't banish the effects of jet lag completely, … [Read more...] about Want to minimize jet lag? Here’s what doctors order
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Kate Silver, The Washington Post Published 9:42 am CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Want to minimize jet lag so you can be fully rested for your travels? Follow these helpful hints to prevent jet lag >>> Want to minimize jet lag so you can be fully rested for your travels? Follow these helpful hints to prevent jet lag >>> Photo: Simon Watson, Getty Images Work to align your sleep schedule with your destination: less Work to align your sleep schedule with your destination: ... more Photo: Stock Photography Time your light exposure right: Circadian rhythms are influenced by sunlight. When traveling east, your biological clock will be behind. "Melatonin and avoiding bright light in the evening can help with advancing our biological clock," he says. "Similarly, bright light exposure after waking up also will help … [Read more...] about Want to minimize jet lag? Here’s what the doctors order.