That’s Why Jet Lag Is Worse When You Fly East

Date: 2020-02-25 11:00:02


Jet lag happens when you cross several time zones while traveling from west to east or vice versa. It’s hard for your body to align its internal clock to a new time zone – that’s why you experience all kinds of annoying symptoms, from headaches to a loss of appetite. Your meal and sleep schedules are all messed up, you feel lively at night and groggy during the day…

Almost every airline passenger has experienced jet lag at least once during their traveling career. There are lots of myths surrounding this bothersome phenomenon. And one of the biggest jet lag mysteries is why on Earth it’s worse when you fly east?

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The reason for jet lag 1:03
Can sleeping aid help you? 1:21
What about red-eye flights? 1:44
❓ Why flying east tires you more ❓ 2:28
✔️What the experts recommend ✔️5:05
Social jet lag 7:03

– Jet lag has to do with your body clock being used to the light/dark cycles of your home time zone.
– Better take a day flight and have a nap after you land – you’ll have more strength to combat jet lag.
– If you fly south to north or the other way (meaning you stay in the same time zone), jet lag won’t be an issue.
– Regular flyers know for sure that it takes much longer to recover after traveling east than when you’re heading west.
– When you fly westward across several time zones, you’ll automatically make your day longer because it’ll be earlier at your destination than at home.
– Flying eastward will shorten your day because when you arrive, it’ll be later than in the time zone you left.
– If you travel across 3 time zones heading westward, you’ll be totally fine in 3 days or so.
– By the way, some people deal with jet lag better than others – all thanks to their natural brain cell cycle.
– Get a good rest and plenty of sleep before your trip. Pre-flight stress and late-night packing will wear you down and make your jet lag worse.
– Try to move as much as you can before and during your flight. Staying in one place for a long time will make your shoulders, hips, and back feel tight.
– Drink lots of water. Proper hydration will help your body adapt to a new time zone faster.
– Adjust the temperature in your room so that it’s a bit on the cool side. It’ll help you fall asleep faster and have better sleep quality.
– If you follow a totally different schedule on your weekdays and on the weekend. Then your internal clock can also fall out of sync. This phenomenon even has its own name – “social jet lag”!

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