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Jet lag disorder

Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder.  It occurs when your body's biological clock is not in sync with the local time zone you are in. The more time zones you pass through, the worse your jet lag can be. Also, traveling east can be harder to adjust to because you lose time.

Jet lag can make you feel like going to bed several hours before bedtime. You also may have trouble falling asleep, feel tired during the day, feel confused and out of sorts, and generally not feel well.

There are steps you can take to help prevent jet lag, such as trying to adjust to the new time zone before you arrive.

References

Drake CL, Wright KP. Shift work, shift-work disorder, and jet lag. In: Kryger M, Roth T, Dement WC, eds. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 75.

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    Jet lag is a combination of symptoms experienced after flying in an airplane, especially on long trips. Fatigue, irritability, dehydration, and a broken sleep pattern are common symptoms of jet lag.

    Jet lag prevention

    illustration

  • Jet lag prevention - illustration

    Jet lag is a combination of symptoms experienced after flying in an airplane, especially on long trips. Fatigue, irritability, dehydration, and a broken sleep pattern are common symptoms of jet lag.

    Jet lag prevention

    illustration

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Review Date: 4/15/2018

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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