Jet Lag

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jet lag is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. Dr. Edward Hill discusses jet lag in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Jet lag, also called desynchronosis and flight fatigue, is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.

Besides fatigue and insomnia, a jet lag sufferer may experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms including anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, confusion, dehydration, headache, irritability, nausea, sweating, coordination problems, dizziness and even memory loss. Some individuals report additional symptoms, such as heartbeat irregularities and increased susceptibility to illness.

Children can also suffer the same jet lag symptoms as adults.

Jet lag is usually worse when you travel in an eastward direction. The symptoms might be worse in older people. It is usually worse for the first two days after you arrive.

To reduce your chances of getting jet lag, be sure to get enough rest before you start traveling. Drink lots of nonalcoholic drinks like water during the flight so you dont get dehydrated.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.