If you’re a frequent traveler across time zones, for work or pleasure, you sure have experienced jet lag before.
But what is jet lag, and how to fight against ?
What is jet lag?
In our brain, we have a circadian clock that controls almost every biological system in our bodies. From our sleep-wake cycle, mood and performance patterns to our metabolic, immune, and reproductive systems.
Jet lag is a temporary circadian rhythm sleep disruption caused when the sleep/wake and light/dark cycle shifts too quickly for our circadian clock to keep up.
Jet lag can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. As a rule of thumb, symptoms persist for 1 day per time zone crossed.
The duration of symptoms varies depending on the person, chronotype, direction of travel, and numbers of time zones crossed.
Jet lag symptoms
- Reduced productivity
- Lower performance
- Compromised safety
- Less enjoyment
- Need to leave earlier to acclimatize
- Recovery time when back home
- Weakened immune system
- Long-term health implications
How to fight jet lag?
Most travellers will either rely on old wives’ tales, trust false product claims or simply just accept jetlag as part of the travel.
But there’s another way and this involves NASA-backed science to help you recalibrate your biorhythms after switching time zones.
Timeshifter is app designed to help travellers minimimize jet lag by allowing you, the user, to set up a let lag plan based on your trip.
The app advises you when to avoid light, take melatonin, sleep, nap, and get some caffeine so they can adjust to the new location up to four times faster.
The app can also help you prepair your trip before you even take off, so you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fresh.
Here’s retired NASA astronaut Mike Massimino talking about the Timeshifter jet lag app…
The app is available for both iOS and Android, and you can try it for free for one jet lag plan before you buy the subscription. You can buy individual plans, a year worth of unlimited plans or a lifetime subscription.
To learn a whole lot more about the Timeshifter app and jet lag, check out the official website.